26 September 2023

New 10-year teaching plan for energy skills

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The Department of Jobs, Skills, Industries and Regions has launched a 10-year plan to create training and job pathways needed to support Victoria’s transition to net-zero.

Welcoming the Clean Economy Workforce Development Strategy 2023–2033, the Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney said the Strategy provided a planning and investment framework to support the workforce and create training pathways to meet industry’s growing demand for skills.

“These new roles range from energy auditing to environmental certification, solar technicians, climate change analysis and more,” Ms Tierney said.

“Targeted training and skills programs will address the increased skills demand in key sectors including manufacturing, engineering, electricity, and construction,” she said.

“To drive the workforce transition, the new strategy outlines five strategic priorities including a reimagined skills model, flexible education and training, and enhanced workforce planning and attraction.”

Ms Tierney said Victoria was also bringing back the State Electricity Commission (SEC) to help create these jobs, as well allocating initial $1 billion toward in new renewable energy and storage projects.

She said an additional $12 million had been allocated to create an SEC Centre of Training Excellence, new renewable energy VET certificates and a Victorian Energy Jobs Plan to support the renewable energy industry – with this plan to address the workforce capability and capacity to respond to Victoria’s renewable energy transition.

“Another key part of the strategy is ensuring workers are ready to seize opportunities as part of the Victorian Government’s $515 million transformation and reform of Victoria’s waste and recycling industry,” the Minister said.

“Using the Victorian Skills Plan as a roadmap, the Government will also work with TAFEs and industry to develop fit-for-purpose accredited training that meets the needs of Victoria’s emerging renewable energy sector.”

The Department’s 22-page Clean Economy Workforce Development Strategy 2023–2033 can be accessed at this PS News link.

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