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PRESS flBT•PAS E NEW SOUTH WALLS 14th February, 1993

MINIST'ER FOR EDUCATION AND YOUTH AFFAIRS • MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING

FIRST JOBS UN€)ER LEAP

The first positions have been approved in the Landcare and Environment Action plan (LEAP), which will see 100 unemployed NSW school leavers receive jobs and training in conservation, Education Minister, Virginia Chadwick announced today.

"I am pleased to say the 100 school leavers will be working, under LEAP, on a project at the Water Board's Prospect Hill site, Mrs Chadwick said.

"The young people will be trained in large scale regeneration of bushland which will ultimately enhance the area for visitors."

"The Water Board will provide skilled supervision, the necessary equipment, and protective clothing," Mrs Chadwick said.

The formal training component of LEAP will be undertaken at the University of Western Sydney's Blacktown Campus. The University will not only fulfil the basic curriculum of LEAP, but will award a Certificate of Environmental Technology after 350 hours of

tuition.

"These young people will receive a magnificent start to their working life - gaining both practical and theoretical training," Mrs Chadwick said.

"T,EA.P is important for Australia both environmentally and economically, and I am delighted young people can play such an important role in our future."

Mrs Chadwick said 1,000 15 to 20 year olds will soon be employed under LEAP in NSW. They will be hired to take part in conservation projects for Government Departments or co mmunity groups, and will also be given formal training in issues ranging

from iandcare, cultural heritage and environmental activities.

"The 100 positions in NSW at the Water Board are the first jobs and training to be provided under the scheme," Mrs Chadwick said.

Level 16, 55 Market Street, SYDNEY • GPO Box 33, SYDNEY 2001 • Tel: (02) 561 5100 • Fax: (02) 561 8185

For more information contact Tracey Cain on 561 8100.

PRESS RELEASE

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NEW SOUTH WALES

MINISTER FOi EDUCATION AND YOUTH AFFAIRS • MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING

1,430 young unemployed people will receive vocational training and formal study under the Landcare and Environment Action Plan (LEAP), Education and Youth Affairs, Employment and Training minister, Virginia Chadwick announced today.

LE TU P is designed to offer employment and environmental training to unemployed 15 to 20 year olds in WSW," Mrs Chadwick said.

"so far, 89 projects have been recommended with a total value of around $7 million."

The Projects include:

* the Water Board using 100 unemployed YISC leavers from Sydney's west to help regenerate bushland at Prospect Hill. Participants will undertake a TAPE course in conjunction with the University of Western Sydney, which could lead to University entrance.

* the National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour will provide trade skills through the restoration of an 1870's lighthouse.

* Jenolan Coves Trust will restore walking tracks and improve reserves by weed eradication.

* The Orana Community College is undertaking a project at Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo to develop a native flora and fauna sanctuary.

* Blacktown Council is setting up a local photo-history preservation project.

Participants will be required to undertake formal study along side their practical training. This study will be completed at TAPE, or Universities, and credits will be given so the training can lead to University admission.

Participants will also receive a competency profile which can be given to future employers.

"Thanks to funding from the Department of Employment, Education and Training, these young people will receive a magnificent start to their working life, gaining both practical and theoretical training.

"projects such as LEAP provide crucial assistance to our youth, and I an delighted to be -making this announcement as we enter Youth Week 1993.

"LEAP is important for Australia both environmentally and economically, and I am delighted young people can benefit from such an important plan," Mrs Chadwick said.

For more information contact Tracey Cain on 561 8100.

Level 16, 55 Market Street, SYDNEY • CPO Box 33, SYDNEY 2001 • Tel: (02) 561 8100 • Fax: (02) 561 8185