Free solar training for plumbers – pv magazine France
The Government of Victoria is seeking to develop the state’s clean energy workforce and improve the skills of Victorians to take advantage of jobs in the booming renewable energy sector through a new pilot training program.
Fourth-year plumbers and apprentice plumbers in Victoria can now learn specialist solar skills, thanks to a new training pilot announced by the state government.
The government, through Solar Victoria, has engaged the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Center (PICAC) to develop and organize the training and development of plumbers. The targeted training will help workers in Victoria’s plumbing industry acquire new specialist skills in the design and installation of heat pumps and solar water heaters.
Following an evaluation of the pilot project, plumbers and fourth-year apprentices will be able to access free training from the end of this year until the end of 2023.
The training is part of a series of new initiatives under the government’s $11 million Workforce Training and Development Program, which aims to upskill workers to take advantage of the state’s transition to net zero.
“Victoria’s solar and renewable energy sector is booming and the demand for skilled labor will increase dramatically over the next decade as we aim for a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030. said Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio. “This is a great opportunity for Victoria’s plumbing workforce to upskill for the free transition to solar hot water and heat pump and I encourage anyone who is eligible to register as soon as the training opens.
All eligible plumbing professionals wishing to develop skills in the design and installation of heat pumps and solar water heating systems are encouraged to keep an eye on the Solar Victoria website for more details on the How to register for training.
The training will be available in a blended format of face-to-face and online learning in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Since its launch in 2018, the state government’s $1.3 billion Solar Homes program has helped more than 200,000 Victorian households install solar PV systems, batteries, solar hot water and heat pumps. This investment has already reduced Victoria’s carbon emissions by 1.6 million tonnes, equivalent to the emissions produced by 500,000 cars each year.
Solar Victoria will also support 5,500 jobs in the clean energy sector by 2028.
Solar home power is expected to generate 12.5% of Victoria’s 40% renewable energy target by 2025.