The Federal and State Governments today mounted a major assault on youth unemployment in Western Australia by giving the green light to a big number of youth conservation projects.
The go-ahead means an army of unemployed young people will start work experience and training on heritage, landcare and environmental projects around the State.
Federal Employment, Education and Training Minister Kim Beazley and WA Training Minister Kay Hallahan jointly announced 27 new projects providing opportunities for more than 435 young people.
The new projects, funded under the Federal Government's Landcare and Environment Action program (LEAP), boost the number of young people involved in the WA Youth Conservation Corps to about 600.
Mr Beazley said the projects would give young people the skills needed to get into jobs or, if they desired, to further their training.
Mrs Hallahan said while young people acquired skills and greater self confidence, the community benefited from work on important heritage and conservation projects.
The projects, stretching from Newman to Albany, involve young people aged between 15 and 20 years.
Participants are paid a training allowance of up to $150 a week for the 26-week projects and undertake formal training through TAFE as well as informal, on site training.