Central West locals looking to build in-demand work health and safety skills can now benefit from a new partnership between TAFE NSW and renewable energy developer CWP Renewables.
CWP Renewables is funding the full course costs for more than 25 people to complete a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety at TAFE NSW Wellington to upskill the local community in workplace safety skills.
The partnership comes at a time when SafeWork NSW data shows there’s still a way to go to meet the target of a 30 per cent decline in work-related fatalities and a 50 per cent decline in serious incidents.
CWP Renewables Safety Manager Scott Batey said it was the perfect time to partner with TAFE NSW Wellington to deliver important workplace safety training to locals.
“We’re sponsoring positions in this TAFE NSW course to support both the renewables industry and the local community. Safety is paramount for us and if we can increase skills, knowledge and understanding through TAFE NSW courses amongst our contractors and local businesses, everyone benefits,” Mr Batey said.
“The wind energy industry has an important role to play in training and developing both individuals and local suppliers. With the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone set to become a hub for renewable energy generation, it makes sense for CWP Renewables to focus upskilling efforts in the region.”
CWP Renewables has a wind farm project at Uungula, located 14km east of Wellington. Construction is expected to create more than 260 local jobs when it gets off the ground this year, paving the way for locals looking to upskill or retrain to get involved in the renewable energy industry.
TAFE NSW Head Teacher Liz O’Donnell said locals successfully chosen for the nationally recognised qualification will learn a broad range of practical knowledge and skills on workplace safety.
“Through a mix of theory and practical course work, students will learn how to respond to incidents, contribute to hazard identification, assess and control risks, assist with compliance of safety regulations and communication skills,” Ms O’Donnell said.
“Students will graduate with the skills they need to tap into the growing local job opportunities and meet the skillset employers need.”
To express your interest in securing a funded position the course, phone teacher Nardia Brown on (02) 6391 5867 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media contact: Emily Barton, TAFE NSW Communications Specialist, email@example.com