New short courses to support green jobs

  • ​Three new ‘job-ready’ skill sets are available to get Western Australians into conservation jobs
  • Free for young people and job seekers to create pipeline of skilled workers
  • $60 million investment in environmental projects as part of the WA Recovery Plan
  • Green Jobs Plan is creating more than 1,000 conservation jobs
  • To meet the needs of Western Australia’s job-creating conservation sector, the McGowan Government has announced three new job-ready skill sets to give Western Australians industry-relevant skills.

    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 job seekers 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, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and Muresk Institute the skill sets include:

    • Green Jobs – Safety Skill Set
    • Green Jobs – Seed Collection Skill Set
    • Green Jobs – Weed Control and Plant Propagation Skill Set

    The Department of Water and Environmental 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. The Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management, Certificate II in Rural Operations and Certificate II in Horticulture are relevant qualifications that also offer half-price fees.

    Visit https://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.

    As stated by 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.”

    As stated by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

    “I’m proud to support Green Jobs in Western Australia – it helps protect WA’s pristine natural environment, while creating jobs in important and emerging industries.

    “The Green Jobs Plan is also an important component of the McGowan Government’s WA Recovery Plan, which is helping drive WA’s economic and social recovery across the whole State.

    “Ensuring our environment is not only protected, but enhanced through our Green Jobs Plan, will place Western Australia in an ideal position for economic recovery post COVID-19.”

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