New green program to help youth
IF you’re aged between 17 and 24 and fancy working outside in the bush and gaining qualifications at the same time, it’s time to sign on to a new EnviTE program.
EnviTE is offering training and work experience in the burgeoning industries of natural area management, bush regeneration, environmental restoration, light construction and landscaping for unemployed youth aged between 17 and 24.
The program is part of the new National Green Jobs Corps, a federally-funded program which starts on January 25.
“This program gives young people the opportunity to participate in community projects that give them real skills, training and qualifications and work experience that employers are looking for but is often difficult, if not impossible for them to attain,” EnviTE coordinator Bill Sansom said.
In Grafton, participants will be helping Landcare groups and the National Parks and Wildlife Service undertake light construction, track work, bush regeneration and environmental restoration activities around the Clarence Valley.
The program runs for six months and offers nationally-accredited training with qualifications in first aid, Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management and a statement of attainment at Certificate II level.
There is an information session on January 14 at the Grafton Community Centre. Call EnviTE’s Lismore office on 6621 9588 to find out more.