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Tanya Beech

Year of Award: 2013 Award State: Queensland Education > Specialised Education
To research vocational training courses in conservation being delivered to Indigenous Rangers - South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania
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I work as a vocational trainer delivering Certificate III Conservation and Land Management training to Indigenous rangers in remote communities across Australia. The training course is delivered in blocks of training with existing and emerging Indigenous ranger groups in their workplace and involves field-based or “on country” practical training activities and assessments. This training package is nationally accredited and places an emphasis on Indigenous land management knowledge while incorporating contemporary, science-based environmental management principles.

This vocational training course is based on the concept of competency with the emphasis on rangers developing new skills and knowledge which is assessed against identified competency standards within each unit of competency. The course requirement is to complete sixteen units of competency, made up of two core units and fourteen elective units, chosen from a wide-ranging selection of categories.

Indigenous rangers perform a critical role in the conservation and management of vast areas of land, protecting the biodiversity and cultural values of the landscape and seascape. Many ranger groups are managing their land in Indigenous Protected Areas which are established under a cooperative management agreement with the Australian government, with Indigenous communities determining the environmental management priorities.

My Fellowship experiences and observations provided clear evidence that vocational conservation and land management training programs make a significant contribution to capacity building in Indigenous communities adjacent to protected areas. Indigenous rangers who have completed accredited training courses are engaged in enhanced management of biodiversity and cultural heritage values in the landscape, while maintaining their connection to culture and country through employment.

The research findings will be applied within the vocational education and training (VET) sector via input into industry reviews and participation in continuous improvement processes. Ultimately, the highest value implementation of learnings will be in my role as a trainer/assessor and the adaptations to my training course delivery to reflect new-found knowledge.

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