NSW launches new micro-skills to bolster net zero transition efforts

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TAFE NSW is launching eight new micro-skills related to renewable energy as part of the New South Wales government’s commitment to reskill NSW and boost the economy’s transition to net zero. 

The rollout announcement follows the signing of the five-year National Skills Agreement, which will inject up to $3.8 billion into NSW’s local skills and training sector. 

In September, the NSW government released a new strategy to secure a reliable supply of clean and affordable renewable energy for the state.

In a media release, the state government said NSW funding will enable it to boost skills training in the renewable energy and technology sector. 

“The National Skills Agreement will pave the way in supporting the people of NSW to gain the skills they require for emerging industries,” said Premier Chris Minns. 

The courses, which will be rolled out over the next six months, include: 

  • Introduction to fuel-cell electric vehicles (EV) 
  • Contextualised fuel-cell EV
  • Hydrogen energy fundamentals
  • EV charging station baseline knowledge
  • Refuelling fuel-cell EVs
  • Prepare to work in the renewable energy sector
  • Introduction to wind farms.
  • Emergency responder electric vehicle incident and emergency response

The courses will ensure that existing workers in the automotive industry are equipped with the necessary maintenance, repair, and charging skills as more consumers purchase EVs and the electric bus fleet expands. They also aim to ensure that emergency responders are trained to manage the unique challenges of EV accidents. 

“These courses are an example of where funding from the NSA can be utilised to ensure TAFE NSW accelerates skills training in renewable energy through collaboration with industry and government,” Minns added. 

“The National Skills Agreement means vital funding is secured to accelerate skills training in NSW, keeping TAFE NSW at the forefront of the sector,” said Minister for Skills, TAFE, and Tertiary Education Steve Whan. 

“These eight new micro-skills are just the first step,” Whan added.