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The success of the Parks and Wildlife Service trainee program was demonstrated over two days at the Mole Creek Karst National Park this week, with former trainee Dave Lee providing a cave tour to 12 trainees as part of their training.

The 12 young people from around the State took up positions as trainees with the Parks and Wildlife Service in mid-September in the third intake of trainees since the program began in 2002.

Parks and Wildlife Service trainee coordinator, Iris Todd said the trainee program was a boon to regional Tasmania, providing employment and training opportunities across the State in areas such as Maria Island, the Tasman Peninsula, Lake St Clair, Mole Creek and Strahan.

"As part of the 2005-07 trainee program, participants are undertaking conservation and land management, tourism and business administration qualifications," Iris said.

"As well as providing young people with valuable workplace skills, a portable qualification and adding to the diversity of the PWS workforce, it enables additional support to service the increased number of visitors to Tasmania and our national parks and reserves."

At Mole Creek this week, the trainees are undertaking training provided by the Drysdale Institute, a partner in the PWS training program.

A former trainee, Dave Lee, will also provide a cave tour for the trainees. Mr Lee has been employed at Mole Creek since 2003 after completing his traineeship.

"This is a good example of the success that previous trainees have had in securing employment with a diverse range of businesses and provides a practical demonstration of where they might be in two years' time at the completion of their training program," Iris said.

"It also provides an opportunity for the trainees to visit other parks around the State which is important for them to gain an understanding of the many different reserves managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service."

The PWS trainee program is a cooperative effort with Tasmanian training providers TAFE Tasmania - Natural Resources and the Drysdale Institute.

This initiative is part of the State Government's commitment to progressing Tasmania Together Goal 21 - Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.