Jun 16, 2020

Renewable energy skills centre wins backing

Renewable energy skills centre wins backing

The State Government is joining forces with Electro Group Training to develop a $23 million Renewable Energy Training Facility for Queensland.

The government is stumping up $17 million for the Brisbane facility, expected to provide skills training for 750 apprentices a year as well as assisting about 26,000 local licensed electricians with further training.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the investment as part of the Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs plan.

“The new facility will provide world-class training in electrical, solar and telecommunications for thousands of Queenslanders each year while creating more than 40 jobs during construction,” she said.

Electro Group Training chief executive officer Donna Pickford said Queensland was the second-highest employing state or territory in 2018-19 for the renewable energy sector, with 26,850 full-time jobs.

“This is a fantastic partnership that will provide so many of our current and future electrical workers with the skills they need in emerging technologies,” Ms Pickford said.

“Investing in state-of-the-art facilities will ensure we can provide the training for the growing industry.”

Solar Citizens welcomed news of the training facility, saying that recent surveys conducted by the Institute of Sustainable Futures showed renewable energy developers often faced difficulties in finding 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,” Solar Citizens national director Ellen Roberts said.

“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.”