Team ready for environmental work
THE city’s latest National Green Jobs Corp (NGJC) team has been officially launched.
EnviTE’s newest squad of young people, aged 17 to 24, was inducted by Mayor Keith Rhoades at Sawtell and will this week begin work on a number of major environmental projects.
EnviTE’s NGJC Coffs Harbour team will be helping the council undertake light construction and paving at Bonville Headland and will also assist Landcare groups with bush regeneration and environmental restoration activities.
Participants will also undertake accredited training for a Certificate II in ‘Conservation and Land Management’, which is a nationally recognised qualification, and also complete first aid training.
“As funding for vital council infrastructure projects becomes tighter, the NGJC teams play a key role in helping us to meet our community obligations,” Cr Rhoades said.
“The work being completed by these teams of committed youth is hugely appreciated by the whole community.”
Through this federally-funded program, EnviTE offers training and work experience in the emerging industries of natural area management, bush regeneration, environmental restoration, light construction and landscaping. The program is considered an excellent foundation for further studies and employment in these fields, with a number of EnviTE’s former participants moving into paid work.
“The NGJC program provides young people with the opportunity to gain practical skills, qualifications and real work experience which would otherwise be difficult to obtain”, NGJC supervisor Marcello De Nardis said.
The National Green Jobs Corps program is an Australian Government initiative administered by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) providing accredited training and work experience opportunities in the developing green skills and climate change industries. EnviTE runs NGJC projects in conjunction with Jobs Futures Ltd.