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TAFE NSW helps grad pave a new career in landscaping


TAFE NSW helps grad pave a new career in landscaping

TAFE NSW is supplying a new crop of skilled workers to the landscaping and gardening industry, which is predicted to grow 14% by 2026, with many of the industry's newest recruits being driven by a desire to make more eco-conscious choices. 

TAFE NSW Taree Certificate III in Landscape Construction graduate, Christian Taylor, now runs his own business where he incorporates sustainable practices into his landscape designs.

“Many people think a landscaper is a gardener, but there’s a lot of creativity to it. I was inspired by my partner, who is a marine biologist, to incorporate more eco-friendly materials and techniques into my work.

“TAFE NSW supported my approach to sustainable innovation and gave me the confidence to start my own business. Combined with the skills I’ve gained in construction techniques, plant selection, and project management, the business has gone from strength to strength over the past year. 

“I get to work with people in their backyards, getting to know their family, dog, and kids and understanding how they use their spaces. TAFE NSW has also helped me with many of the business skills, which has helped beyond belief, especially in my communication with clients,” Christian said.

TAFE NSW Landscape Construction teacher, Tristian Fitzgerald, said there was a growing awareness in students of sustainability. 

“Many of our students are driven by a desire to embrace more sustainable and eco-friendly approaches to landscaping. This reflects a growing awareness of the importance of environmental stewardship and the adoption of green practices within the industry.

"At TAFE NSW, we not only equip students with the technical skills needed for success but also nurture a commitment to environmental responsibility and innovation," Mr Fitzgerald said.

Having previously worked in fitting and turning, and outdoor recreation, Christian credits the TAFE NSW learning environment for re-engaging him in education when he was seeking a career change more befitting of his natural talents. 

“I have ADHD, and struggle with repetitious work and I wanted to find a career that married my love of working with people with the ability to work outside and be creative. 

“At TAFE NSW I was learning hands-on, not struggling to listen to lectures, and I gained something new every day. My teachers were incredibly knowledgeable, and I learned a lot about how to lead and mentor others,” Christian said.

Media contact: Karen Farrell, TAFE NSW Communications Specialist,, 0425 275 611.