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TAFE NSW empowers wellington locals to follow renewable energy pathways

TAFE NSW empowers wellington locals to follow renewable energy pathways

With the development of wind and solar farms well underway across the region, TAFE NSW Wellington is skilling the community to secure local jobs within the booming renewable energy sector.

The Central West-Orana was the first Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) announced in Australia in 2021 and is expected to bring up to $10 billion in private investment to the region by 2030.

TAFE NSW Director of Career Pathways, Aboriginal Languages & Employability Skills, Jennifer Polk, said a recent information session in Wellington has increased awareness among the community about the career pathways available in the renewable energy industry.

“There are a lot of job opportunities and positive economic impacts for the Wellington community as a result of the REZ, and TAFE NSW is committed to training a pipeline of high-quality, job-ready employees equipped to step into local jobs,” Ms Polk said.

“This term we are offering a Statement in Education and Employment Pathways specifically tailored to the renewable energy industry. The course offers an introduction to renewable energy, exposes learners to different trade areas and focuses on employability and foundation skills.

“With jobs in renewable energy set to increase in 2024-25, this course is a great foundation for those wanting to take advantage of the opportunities the industry brings to the region.”

Squadron Energy’s Executive General Manager People & Culture Kate Sykes said it is so important to be upskilling the local community, setting them up for a career in a rapidly growing industry.

“Squadron Energy is working on several ways to provide job opportunities in the renewables sector in Wellington,” Ms Sykes said.

“We have opportunities for two local First Nations people to train in the wind turbine space, with potential to then work locally at our Uungula Wind Farm.

“We are also providing opportunities for locals to upskill in areas that translate to careers in renewables.”

For more information or to register your interest in this course call Jodie Dixon on (02) 7920 6765

Media contact: Katie Hitchcock, Communications Specialist, 0400 371 996,