TAFE SOLAR PROJECT BUILDS VICTORIAN RENEWABLE WORKFORCE

A renewables project funded by the Andrews Labor Government will transform two Melbourne TAFE campuses and help train hundreds of workers to contribute to Victoria’s clean energy future.

Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos today visited Holmesglen TAFE to announce a $2.1 million solar upgrade of the Moorabbin and Drummond Street campuses.

The works include:

  • The installation of a new purpose-built solar system and three electric vehicle charging stations at the Moorabbin campus
  • The upgrade of an existing solar system at the Drummond Street campus

The new systems will lower Holmesglen TAFE’s carbon footprint and provide practical training opportunities for students in renewable and clean technology, including the safe installation, maintenance and upgrade of commercial solar installations.

Works are expected to be completed by September 2021.

Holmesglen TAFE is Victoria’s leading provider of accredited solar energy short courses for licensed electricians and recently launched the Working Safely in the Solar Industry pilot course at Moorabbin. More than 630 students have enrolled in solar based training courses in 2021.

The $55 million TAFE Asset Maintenance Program provides vital upgrades and maintenance works to Victorian TAFE campuses to ensure locals get the first-class education they need for the jobs that are available across the state.

Since 2015, the Labor Government has made a record $3.2 billion investment to rebuild TAFE and support universities and higher education to ensure Victorians have access to high quality education and rewarding career pathways.

The 2021/22 Victorian Budget includes a $383.8 million investment in the sector to ensure more Victorians get the training they need for in-demand jobs.

Quote attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos

“This project will lower the carbon footprint at two TAFE campuses and provide really unique training to local students in emerging jobs in the renewables sector – creating our workforce of tomorrow.”

“Our unprecedented investment in the skills and training sector includes vital funds to upgrade our TAFEs – ensuring they have the facilities and resources required to deliver great training with pathways to in-demand jobs.”