Joint Media Release with Senator The Hon Mark Arbib
Minister for Employment Participation, Senator Mark Arbib, today announced the release of an exposure draft for the National Green Jobs Corps initiative.
Speaking at the National Employment Services Australia (NESA) Conference in Sydney this morning Senator Arbib said the National Green Jobs Corps would provide young people with the training for the jobs of the future.
“The National Green Jobs Corps is a key element of the 50,000 New Green Jobs and Green Skills Training Places announced by the Prime Minister on July 30,” Senator Arbib said.
“The Government is investing $77.6 million to provide 10,000 places for young unemployed Australians aged 18 to 24 who care about the environment.
“The scheme will give them the opportunity to contribute to their communities, while building their skills by taking part in an environmental work experience and training program.”
Parliamentary Secretary for Employment Jason Clare said the National Green Jobs Corps would begin on January 1, 2010 and run for two years.
“The program will target disadvantaged youth, particularly those who have not finished Year 12, giving them valuable skills earned through work experience in the green sector,” Mr Clare said.
“National Green Jobs Corps is all about investing in the future of young people. That’s why we’re focused on providing training to help them gain long-term employment.”
The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations will run an open and competitive tender for the National Green Jobs Corps. The exposure draft of the purchasing arrangements is at www.deewr.gov.au/newgreenjobs.
Comments or feedback must be received by September 7 2009 to be considered in the drafting of the Requests for Tender. Comments can be submitted in writing to NationalGreenJobsCorps@deewr.gov.au.
It is expected that the Request for Tender will be released next month and the department will hold information sessions in capital cities in late-September.
Senator Arbib acknowledged that the consultation period and purchasing timeframes are tight, but this is necessary so that so that the scheme is up and running on 1 January 2010.