Green Army gets
ready to march

A Draft Statement of Requirements, setting out the key design features of the Green Army program as well as the proposed delivery arrangements, has been released for public comment.
   The Green Army is expected to be operational by July. It is a voluntary initiative that will recruit young people aged 17–24 years who are interested in protecting their local environment while gaining hands-on, practical skills and experience.
Operational by July
It is expected to build to 15,000 participants by 2018, capable of delivering on-ground environmental projects.
   The consultation process now under way provides an opportunity for all members of the public to provide practical advice about the on-ground delivery of the program including recruitment and training of participants, project management and other administrative details.
   Feedback received on the Draft Statement of Requirements will improve the delivery arrangements for the initiative. It will be used to inform the final content of the Request for Tender that will be released in the coming months to invite applications from potential service providers.
   Information for groups interested in submitting Green Army projects will be available in the coming weeks. 
   Public comments are invited until 4 February.
   The Draft Statement of Requirements and further information about the Green Army program is available at this PS News link.
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