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The SEC will support the attraction, training and retention of a skilled renewable energy workforce.

Achieving the Victorian Government’s 95% renewable energy target by 2035 requires a massive increase in energy and storage capacity and the skilled workforce to support it.

Building and operating the energy assets Victoria needs is expected to create more than 59,000 jobs, including 6,000 traineeships and apprenticeships.

The SEC will partner with industry to work with schools, TAFEs and universities as well as government and Traditional Owners to find the opportunities and address the challenges so we can build the workforce we need.

The SEC will support the attraction, training and retention of a skilled renewable energy workforce. This includes establishing the SEC Centre of Training Excellence. The SEC will also model best practice as an employer and contractor.

Key actions

Engage with industry and Traditional Owners on the design of the SEC Centre of Training Excellence in 2023

Build awareness of career opportunities in renewable energy through ongoing engagement with students from late 2023

Promote local content and workforce opportunities through pioneer and future investments from 2024 onwards

Contribute to the Victoria Energy Jobs Plan (led by DEECA), to be released in 2024

Complete the business case for SEC Centre of Training Excellence and begin implementation from 2025

Careers in renewable energy

Many different roles and skills will be needed as we transition to renewable energy including:

Renewable energy careers resources

For more information on a career pathway into renewable energy visit:

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