Taylor Vandijk

2022 NSW Training Awards Trainee of the Year for Southern and South Western Sydney Region

Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management

Re-skilling after 8 years in aged and disability care, Taylor regenerates her career through a traineeship with Sutherland Shire Council

The expert VET teachers provided me with the tools to have a well-rounded skill set.

Taylor's biography

Seeking to reskill after an 8-year nursing career in aged and disability care, Taylor’s traineeship at Sutherland Shire Council enabled her to learn a new industry from leading experts in the conservation field.

“The world of nature has always fascinated me. Being raised on Thursday Island in the Torres Straits ensured that I had strong respect and curiosity for the natural world.”

In studying a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management, Taylor was given the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of areas.

“My role varies daily, and I have been fortunate to work across so many departments including Bush Regeneration, Natural Areas, Bushcare, Pest Species Management and the Native Nursery.”

As her ability to identify different species grew, so did Taylor’s confidence.

“My knowledge of native and invasive species has grown exponentially, and I am continuously gaining confidence in my flora and fauna species identification skills.”

Having the opportunity to change careers through a traineeship has ignited new passions for Taylor, both personally and professionally.

 “Working in conservation and land management has changed my perspective on the environment, and the power of volunteering, this has led me to a new passion for advocacy for the natural world. I have joined my local Bushcare group, and set up a new Bushcare site to regenerate a mangrove waterway near my community garden.”

No stranger to achievement, Taylor has also completed a Diploma of Sustainable Living. 

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have undertaken not just a career change, but a period of growth.” 


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