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TAFE NSW's South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi) joined together with Newleaf Communities and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace relations to implement the 'Beautifying Bonnyrigg' community project.

Initiated by Bonnyrigg Newleaf Communities Housing Estate, the project was a community-focused education and development project designed to engage indigenous, mature age and youth job seekers in south western Sydney and provide them with sustainable employment outcomes.

Sixteen students completing the 14 week Certificate II in Horticulture took part in the Newleaf community project. Working together with Newleaf, TAFE SWSi gave students an opportunity to develop their skills and find employment, while at the same time help Newleaf and the community develop the Bonnyrigg housing estate. Fourteen participants completed work placements and five graduates remained employed with the Newleaf Community renewal project after course completion. Other graduates received a start for a horticulture apprenticeship.

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