New short courses to support green jobs

Three new job ready skill sets announced today give Western Australians industry-relevant skills to meet the needs of Western Australia’s job creating conservation sector.

The short courses, which will deliver the skills needed for entry level jobs created by the Green Jobs Plan, are part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative and are free for young people and jobseekers of all ages.

The Green Jobs Plan forms part of the WA Recovery Plan and includes $60.3 million to support projects that will protect the environment and create jobs.

The training will provide employment opportunities including fencing, seeding, planting, managing threats, and improving native vegetation and habitat for fauna such as the Carnaby's Cockatoo.

Developed in consultation with industry, the Department of Water and Environment Regulation, and Muresk Institute the skill sets include:

  • Green Jobs – Safety skill set;
  • Green Jobs – Seed Collection skill set; and
  • Green Jobs – Weed Control and Plan Propagation skill set.

The Department of Water and Environment Regulation also committed $23 million to support the Green Jobs Plan including employment targets for those impacted by COVID-19.

Course participants will gain skills needed by industry, including working safely in the industry to recognising commonly encountered plants, and how to collect, treat and store seeds for native revegetation projects.

The skill sets can be used as a pathway to obtain a full qualification such as the Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management, Certificate II in Rural Operations or the Certificate II in Horticulture which all have course fees slashed by half.

Visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready for a list of training providers approved to deliver this skill set, or alternatively visit your local Jobs and Skills Centre or contact them on 13 64 64.

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

“The Green Jobs Plan is an important part of WA's economic and social recovery because it supports the conservation industries while creating pathways to future jobs.

“Green jobs contribute to preserving and restoring the environment and these skill sets provide the skills and knowledge needed to get a job in conservation and land management.

"Supporting green jobs helps protect WA's pristine natural environment while creating jobs in important industries.”

Read the full media statement here

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