Australia Zoo growing with traineeships and apprenticeships

Australia Zoo growing with traineeships and apprenticeships

  • Published on Thursday, July 4, 2013

Most people would assume the skills required to work in a zoo would focus on animal keepers and the landscaping.

And yes, to run a zoo means you need a good understanding of its animal occupants and sensitivity to their needs, but a zoo is like any business. To be viable, it needs visionary leadership, business management skills and a leadership style that motivates the diverse personalities of its employees.

So while growing up surrounded by animals, by media and supported by inspirational parents made for a great foundation for Bindi Irwin, like all future managers, she needs business skills that will equip her for her future in the business that is Australia Zoo and its many projects.

“The Certificate III in Business that Bindi has just committed to through a Training Contract is the first step in gaining her points towards her Queensland Certificate of Education as well as starting her on her management journey,” explains Caraline Preston from MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre.

“Skills training and career streaming is something I have found Australia Zoo is passionate about for all their employees. They currently have 23 trainees working there, with 10 full time and 13 being school-based. They have had a strong commitment to school-based traineeships since 2004 with an impressive 87.5% completion rate. That’s much higher than the national average. And what an experience for a secondary school student: working and being paid for their work in an awesome zoo, gaining a nationally recognised qualification at the same time they are doing secondary school. “

According to Ms Preston, Australia Zoo has a strong focus on training and prepare individual plans for their staff with traineeships being one component of their training.

“I am very excited to be doing this traineeship,” explains Ms Irwin. “I wish to encourage students to consider a TAFE traineeship to further their education and career opportunities. I believe a good education and real world experience are the two most important factors to ensure a successful future.”

Australian Apprenticeships are an Australian Government initiative.