Green fin­gers

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - News - Pic­ture: Bruce Long

AN­DREW Buhse is one of 20 Gat­ton job-seekers who have been spread­ing their wings at Archers But­ter­fly Farm in Coominya to help bring but­ter­flies back.

They are help­ing prop­a­gate more than 120 species of plants that but­ter­flies feed on, es­pe­cially the bird­wing but­ter­fly vine on which the Rich­mond bird­wing but­ter­fly dines.

Once a com­mon sight around south­east Queens­land with a wing­span the size of a hand, the bird­wing is now rarely seen.

Apart from grow­ing spe­cial plants for dis­tri­bu­tion to coun­cils, na­tional parks and schools, the MAX Em­ploy­ment job-seekers are also build­ing six green houses, hot houses and but­ter­fly houses.

The par­tic­i­pants in the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s Na­tional Green Job Corps ini­tia­tive will each re­ceive a Cer­tifi­cate II in Land Man­age­ment once the nurs­ery is com­pleted.

The nurs­ery project is op­er­ated by vol­un­teers and 100 per cent of plant sale prof­its help peo­ple liv­ing in poverty.

The project is be­ing launched on Tues­day and will be open to the pub­lic on Novem­ber 21.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to but­ter­fly­plants­for­poverty.org and www.maxnet­work.com.au

Time to dance

EX­PRES­SIONS Dance Com­pany is call­ing for ap­pli­cants to its Jan­uary sum­mer train­ing pro­grams for peo­ple want­ing ca­reers as pro­fes­sional dancers. Ap­pli­ca­tions close De­cem­ber 10. More info at www.ex­pres­sions.org.au

More skill up

MORE high school stu­dents en­rolled in a Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing in Schools pro­gram in 2009 than 2008.

The num­ber jumped 4 per cent to more than 229,000 last year.

Six­teen per cent stud­ied tourism, hos­pi­tal­ity and events sub­jects, 55 per cent un­der­took cer­tifi­cate II level cour­ses and 26 per cent were in man­age­ment and com­merce sub­jects. More info at www.ncver.edu.au/pub­li­ca­tions/ 2309.html

Domino ef­fect

STAR-struck job seekers have flooded Domino’s Pizza with ap­pli­ca­tions since chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Don Meij ap­peared on the re­al­ity tele­vi­sion show Un­der­cover Boss Aus­tralia. More than 3500 ap­pli­ca­tions have been re­ceived since the show aired three weeks ago and Meij says it’s be­cause of the com­pany’s ‘‘fun-lov­ing cul­ture’’ and the ‘‘ex­cite­ment and fast pace’’ of be­ing a pizza maker or de­liv­ery driver.

Gas jobs

CON­STRUC­TION Skills Queens­land launched its work­force plan on Thurs­day for the coal seam gas and liq­uid nat­u­ral gas in­dus­tries. It fore­casts more than 9000 work­ers will be needed to build sev­eral projects set to get un­der way by the end of the year. The CSQ plan cov­ers new en­trants as well as re­train­ing and up­skilling ex­ist­ing ones.

GREEN SKILLS: Job-seeker An­drew Buhse is learn­ing job skills by help­ing build but­ter­fly habi­tat at Archer’s But­ter­fly Farm at Coominya.

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