Green jobs students graduate
SEVERAL Coffs Coast youth are set to join the ‘green collar’ workforce, with completion of their National Green Jobs Corps 26-week program run locally by Auswide Newtrain with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
The Coffs Harbour National Green Jobs Corps (NGJC) initiative began in May this year, and the first young recruits graduated on Thursday, November 11, with a ceremony in Bongil Bongil National Park.
Auswide Newtrain is co-ordinating numerous projects in NSW, funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), in partnership with local environmental groups, Councils and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Working closely with local NPWS staff, the young team members (aged 17-24) had plenty of hands-on experience scouring the Coffs Coast Regional Park for invasive environmental weeds, where they undertook weed control and bush regeneration projects.
On Mutton Bird Island, they also learned about pest-animal control, and in other reserves gained skills in fencing, coastal erosion control, tree planting, and brick path paving.
Coffs Harbour NGJC team leader Dom White said the team should be proud of themselves for not only their work achievements, but for making the commitment to the 26-week program.
“Along the way, each young person learned team work, and other life skills to support them into further education and employment opportunities,” she said.
“Now, with their nationally accredited qualification, a Certificate II in Conservation & Land Management, they are set to join the growing green-collar workforce.”
The next intake for Coffs Harbour NGJC is November 22. Please SMS your name and the message ‘GreenJobs’ to Dom on 0418 486 493, and she will get in touch with you.