Kevin Rudd
Kevin Rudd

Australia’s Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has promised to create 50,000 “green” jobs and apprenticeships to combat climate change and unemployment simultaneously.

The jobs package includes 30,000 apprentice positions that will provide training in environment-friendly building practices, such as installing solar panels and water recycling systems and retrofitting homes to be more energy efficient.

There will be 10,000 positions in a national Green Jobs Corps that will provide environmental training for unemployed people between 18 and 24 and employ them in public works projects, such as planting trees and restoring walking tracks.

Funds will be provided for another 10,000 jobs that encourage sustainability and green building practices.