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Training young people for green jobs of the future.

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The Hon Jason Clare MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Employment 18 September, 2009

Media release

Training young people for green jobs of the future

The Rudd Government has taken the next step in its plan to train young people for green jobs of the future today releasing the Request for Tender for the National Green Jobs Corps.

The National Green Jobs Corps will provide 10,000 training places to young Australians aged between 17-24 years giving them training in green skills.

Parliamentary Secretary for Employment Jason Clare said today the Government had consulted widely with industry experts on how best to deliver this program.

The Government has made changes to the Request for Tender based on feedback from experts and community groups. These include:

• Changing the age of people eligible to participate to include 17 year olds; • Recognising that people who leave the program after 13 weeks for a job or further education have completed the program entitling the training provider to a completion payment;

• Allowing program providers to promote the National Green Jobs Corps to potential participants; • Paying providers a replacement fee when they need to replace a participant who has left the program; • Allowing smaller regional organisations to deliver the program as a

subcontractor; and • Allowing disabled people to concurrently participate in this program as well as the Disability Employment Service.

Mr Clare said the National Green Jobs Corps will begin on 1 January 2010 and run for two years.

“This is part of the Rudd Government’s plan to provide young people with the skills they will need for the jobs of the future,” Mr Clare said.

“We know that young people who haven’t completed Year 12 or equivalent are particularly vulnerable in the current economic environment.

“That’s why this program is targeted at providing them with skills and work experience.”

Mr Clare said participants will undertake work experience, skills development and accredited training in environment-related projects.

Tenders for the new National Green Jobs Corps open today and close at 7pm (AEDT) on October 16, 2009. Successful tenderers will be announced later this year.

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