The LTC will prepare trainees to enter the workforce through the completion of relevant training units from the Certificate II in Rural (Ranger) Operations course, and the CRTAFE remote road works package.
The remote ranger (land and cultural heritage management) programs are the biggest employer (by a considerable margin) of remote Aboriginal people. This is very popular training and casual employment for remote Aboriginal people. In Wiluna, graduates of the ranger training program were the largest cohort of students self-determining to then train for further employment, particularly road work and mining. Generic ranger training proved to be the most effective enabler for further vocational training and was also accessed by Shire employees and other local people to improve their employability and meet employer expectations. This is training for genuine local work and community projects.
Students employed by the ranger groups have their TAFE course fees covered by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), a considerable cost saving. DBCA is also able to provide significant logistic support to training at the LTC, which will also lead to increased ranger employment opportunity and more people able to utilise casual on-country ranger employment as a culturally appropriate commencement (often the most difficult step in the training to employment process) to their training and employment journey. This also increases local workforce capacity in the northern Goldfields, and contributes to regional economic development.
Generic ranger training, consistent with ranger and remote infrastructure employment, is accessible to male and female students.
The Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) has generously agreed to meet the direct training costs for nationally accredited vocational training at the LTC, which means the CRTAFE course fees for non-Ranger program students will be met by DTWD.
Certificate II in Rural (Ranger) Operations units of competency include:
- Apply chemicals under supervision
- Balance wheels and tyres
- Carry out servicing operations
- Environmentally sustainable practices
- Identify basic automotive faults using troubleshooting processes
- Operate and maintain chainsaws
- Operate basic machinery and equipment
- Operate in isolated and remote situations
- Provide first aid
- Remove, inspect, repair and refit light vehicle tyres and tubes
- Treat weeds
- Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
- Work health and safety processes