Victoria announces measures to train future renewable energy workforce

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The Victorian government has rolled out a series of efforts focused on preparing the future workforce for jobs needed in the state’s decarbonisation journey and delivering cheap renewable energy to Victorians. 

These include the revival of the State Electricity Commission and investing $5 million in the development of the business case for the SEC Centre of Training Excellence to coordinate and accredit courses for apprentices. 

“We’re bringing back the SEC, which means more than a better power deal for households – we’re delivering the jobs of the future while providing Victorian students the pathways and training they need to get them,” said Premier Daniel Andrews. 

Victoria is leading Australia’s transition towards 95 per cent renewable electricity generation by 2035, which is expected to create approximately 59,000 jobs, by investing in supporting skilled jobs of the future. 

The State Budget also includes $7.5 million for vocational education and training pathways for students, which include options in renewable energy. This means any student studying the VCE can work towards a career in Victoria’s renewable energy sector by incorporating electrotechnology, engineering, and laboratory skills into their school studies. 

“We recognise the role clean energy will play in our state’s future and are making it easier than ever for secondary students to connect with the terrific career opportunities that come with this,” said Minister for Education Natalie Hutchins. 

The Victorian government also announced a $116 million investment to create new Tech Schools across Brimbank, Dandenong, Frankston, Hume, Wangaratta and Warrnambool.

These facilities work with local secondary schools and industry to deliver immersive, practical and future career-linked STEM education that students need to succeed in areas such as renewable energy, robotics, and advanced manufacturing. 

The investment includes $10 million for the establishment of a Clean Energy Equipment Fund, which will help students learn about the latest renewable energy innovations like advanced battery technology, hydrogen generation, and robotics in high-tech learning jobs. 

“These investments are giving young Victorians even more opportunities to learn high-tech STEM skills and find the right career path – taking them from school to industry and beyond,” Premier Andrews said.