Green Corps to lose funding
THE final Clarence Valley National Green Jobs Corps (NGJC) project was launched in See Park yesterday after the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations announced they would cease funding the program due to the economic downfall.
For the past 18 years NGJC projects have offered environmental training and work experience to youth across Northern NSW and the Mid North Coast.
The general manager of EnviTE, Meg Nichols, expressed her sorrow at the program's premature conclusion during the launch and praised its success.
"A study found 60 per cent of NGJC participants had obtained employment after completing the program and another 20 per cent had progressed to further study," she said.
"The program teaches young people life skills relevant to their future.
"We'll try to find alternate funding to keep it going."
NGJC welcomed seven new participants to the final project at yesterday's ceremony.
They will graduate in 26 weeks.