Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Energy Minister Bill Johnston have launched a new training program at North Metropolitan TAFE's East Perth campus to upskill Western Power staff. The collaboration between North Metropolitan TAFE (NMT) and Western Power will provide workers with the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge about stand-alone power systems (SPS) and new energy technology projects in a hands-on, practical setting.
SPS units combine solar and battery technology with a backup generator which provides enough storage to provide two days' supply of electricity. The partnership with NMT will play an essential part in Western Power's commitment to meet the growing opportunity to supply greener non-traditional network solutions such as SPS. In February this year Mr Johnston announced Australia's largest rollout of units with 57 to be installed across the South West Interconnected Network in regional areas including Tambellup, Mullewa, Newdegate and Bonnie Rock, delivering great outcomes for homes and businesses in the South West of WA.
The training at NMT will be integral to support the State Government's rollout of SPS units across the network. An initial cohort of 15 participants are currently undergoing training, with the ability to train more in the future. Two courses will be available – including SPS Familiarisation and Repair and Maintain SPS – to support the installation, maintenance and fault response for SPS.
Speaking at the launch on 19 June, Minister Ellery said "The Western Australian workforce is adapting to technological change in industry, and this first training group shows that by increasing their skills and knowledge they can deliver contemporary solutions to the energy sector.”.
Targeted skills development through vocational education and training is an important contributor to the WA Government’s Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity program, as is the creation and growth of jobs and the ongoing development of WA’s workforce. The Department of Training and Workforce Development is playing a key role in this area through the support of collaborative partnerships between industry and TAFE colleges to develop and deliver training programs that meet the needs of industry and business for the jobs of the future.
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