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
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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.