TAFEs Supporting the Renewable Energy Industry
Australia’s transition to a low-carbon, sustainable economy necessitates the adoption of new and rapidly emerging clean technologies. TAFEs are playing an important part in supporting the development of a future workforce in the renewable energy sector.
All Australian states and territories have been steadily progressing their own policies and taking significant actions to reduce emissions, support renewable energy development, and increase energy efficiency. In doing so governments, industries and communities have recognised the potential for new jobs and economic development, especially in regional areas, that can be achieved through a range of renewable energy pathways and initiatives.
These, in turn, require a highly skilled workforce capable of designing, installing, monitoring and maintaining systems, products and processes significantly different from those in common use; so different, that many have yet to be developed.
Developing a skilled workforce for the renewable energy sector plays a very important role for the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) as the sector continues to evolve.
South West TAFE Institute has been working with Deakin University and its partner Hycel on several exciting hydrogen energy projects.
The way we work is changing, and as the way we work changes, skill requirements also evolve.
RACV Solar has partnered with Holmesglen Institute to deliver one of the country’s most advanced renewable energy training facilities.
The National Skills Commission (NSC) has developed a data-driven approach to identify emerging occupations within Australia. By identifying emerging skills and looking at how these skills change existing jobs, the NSC can identify emerging or new jobs in the labour market, and can help build the skilled, resilient and adaptable workforce needed now, and for years to come.
A new 35-metre-tall tower crane has been installed at one of CIT’s campuses for safety and renewables training. The tower crane gives students a safe, highly controlled simulated workplace environment, allowing them to experience the physical challenges of working and operating equipment safely at height.