As the world unites against climate change and reducing carbon emissions, Australia has been ranked 6th globally for the attractiveness of our renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities. The renewable energy industry is not only sensible from an environmental perspective but also represents huge opportunities economically and in the jobs market.
As part of Australia’s commitment to zero emissions by 2050, apprenticeship and traineeship entry into our growing renewable energy sector has been given a boost by the Australian Government who has committed $95.6 million over 9 years to support 10,000 new apprentices through the launch of their New Energy Apprenticeships program. The program will see eligible apprentices receive up to $10,000 over the course of their apprenticeship to assist them with cost-of-living expenses.
The New Energy Apprenticeships Program encourages Australians to consider careers in the clean energy sector. The clean energy sector covers up to 40 different occupations across multiple industries. Some of the jobs that apprentices and trainees can work in include:
- installing solar panels on roofs
- working on large-scale renewable projects
- agricultural technicians.
The program provides direct support to individuals undertaking a Certificate III or above qualification for a Clean Energy Occupation listed on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List. Australian Apprentices who started on or after 1 January 2023 are eligible for the program and have access to financial assistance of up to $10,000.
From July 2023, Australian Apprentices in the program will also have access to professional development training delivered by industry mentors. Connecting apprentices with experienced professionals will give insight into the industry, while providing real-world training and experience.
With the Australian Government supporting clean energy innovation across a broad range of projects, initiatives like the New Energy Apprenticeships Program will ensure a pipeline of skilled workers to support Australia’s clean energy infrastructure now and in the future.
The Apprenticeship Community is here to support apprentices and trainees to gain skills and enter a career where they are shaping Australia’s future for the better.
Find out more about the New Energy Apprenticeship Program and incentives available for apprentices and trainees.