Queensland Invests in Clean Energy Skills and Training
Solar Citizens today welcomes the Palaszczuk Government’s $17 million investment towards a new Renewable Energy Training Facility.
The Government says the new facility will provide skills training for 750 apprentices a year as well as assisting around 26,000 local licensed electricians with further training.
“Providing more renewable energy training is a smart way to ensure Queenslanders are benefiting from the growing clean energy industry,” said Ellen Roberts, Solar Citizens’ National Director.
“More industries and businesses are seeing that renewable energy can power their operations cheaper and cleaner than before, so the renewable sector will be a big driver of employment moving forward.”
In recent surveys conducted by the Institute of Sustainable Futures, renewable energy developers reported that it can be difficult to find suitable local workers with the required experience.
“This is a great step, but for Queenslanders to be able to put their skills into practice, we need more clean energy projects to be committed to construction,” said Ms Roberts.
“Last year no new large-scale clean energy projects were committed to construction in Queensland because of energy policy uncertainty and transmission constraints.
“This is the perfect moment for the State Government to support more renewable projects and infrastructure to drive down power bills for homes and businesses.”