Funds to strengthen the clean energy workforce

The Victorian government is increasing the number of women working in solar power, diversifying the state’s rapidly growing renewable energy sector and helping to meet the demand for skilled workers.

The first women have graduated from solar apprenticeships as part of the Labor Government’s package to tackle gender inequality in the sector.

Women currently make up less than one percent of the clean energy workforce.

Subsidized apprenticeships are part of the government’s $11 million Growing our clean energy workforce The training and workforce development program, which strives to meet future industry demand through diversification and to maintain Victoria’s reputation as a national leader in solar safety standards .

Victorian solar installers have just six months left to receive the government grant to pay half an apprentice’s wages for two years, in addition to providing apprentices with a tool allowance and half-yearly incentive payments.

Companies like Total Solar Solutions are already benefiting from the program, employing two apprentices who received subsidized training.

The government’s flagship $1.3 billion solar homes program, launched in 2018, will support 5,500 jobs in the clean energy sector.

In addition to targeted support to increase women’s participation, the Growing our clean energy workforce offers fully or partially subsidized programs to improve the skills of women and men already working in clean energy.

The Solar Homes program has helped over 205,000 Victorian households install solar panels, solar batteries and solar hot water since 2018.

Solar Homes Minister Lily D’Ambrosia said a further 25,000 Victorians have reduced their carbon footprint through rebates for heating and cooling upgrades, zero-emission vehicles and solar power for homes. companies.

“We’re helping women take advantage of the thousands of jobs created as we transition to net-zero emissions by 2050,” she says.

For more information on training opportunities, visit: solar.vic.gov.au/training-workforce-development

Michael A. Bynum