HVTC 40th Anniversary - Blake Kelly

Blake Kelly is a former HVTC School-Based Conservation and Land Management Trainee who completed his training back in 2016 while hosted to Shoalhaven City Council.

Blake grew up wanting to become a zookeeper and always loved nature, which later stemmed to his interest in land management and biodiversity. When he reached his final years of high school, Blake decided to pursue this passion and thought that a school-based traineeship pathway was the perfect way for him to gain practical industry experience and learn in a hands-on environment while completing school.

Blake says that something about his traineeship that really stood out to him was interacting with the people he worked with and being able to learn about their connections to the area. After having the chance to develop these industry relationships while at school and earn a qualification, Blake secured a part-time position with NSW National Parks and Wildlife just 3 months after completing his training and leaving school.

A highlight of Blake’s experience with HVTC was being named as the 2016 School-Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year at the NSW/ACT Group Training Awards.

Since completing his Cert II in Conservation and Land Management with HVTC, Blake has gone on to complete a Diploma in Project Management to continue his growth in his supervisor role.

Blake now works full-time with NSW National Parks and Wildlife, where he is in a Field Supervisor role that involves managing the operations of the national parks that cover 49% of the Shoalhaven region’s land mass. Blake says that he is consistently learning new skills and that his passion for the environment continues to grow every day.

Blake Kelly