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Free TAFE fuels Queensland’s renewable energy workforce

In a move to bolster Queensland’s transition to clean energy, the State Government’s free TAFE program is sparking skills and helping Queenslanders take charge of their careers in the renewable energy sector.

The Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician has emerged as the most popular free TAFE course, with over 5000 students enrolling in 2023.

According to the Queensland Government, this aligns with the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan, which aims to deliver 64,000 jobs in clean energy infrastructure, including new skilled direct jobs to build the “supergrid”.

Queensland’s Minister for Training and Skills Development, Lance McCallum, emphasised the significance of the Free TAFE initiative, stating, “Queenslanders absolutely love our free TAFE and free apprenticeships, with over 14,000 of them taking up the opportunity state-wide this year”.

According to the Queensland Government, this program not only provides financial relief for students but also equips them with the necessary skills to thrive in the growing renewable energy industry.

Officials said the government’s investment in free vocational education and training is seen as crucial for building the industry’s capacity and ensuring a skilled workforce to support Queensland’s ambitious renewable energy goals.

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