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Victoria’s Offshore Wind Takes A Blow

In December, the Victorian State Government released the Offshore Wind Energy Implementation Statement 3. The Statement is designed to provide both investors and industry with a level of certainty to build offshore wind energy projects in Victoria. In recent weeks however, this has been impacted by the Federal Government applying an agreement protecting wetlands associated with the Port of Hastings. …

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Electric Graduate Wage Uplift

Job Skills Australia (JSA) recently worked in partnership with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to create the VET National Data Asset (VNDA). This asset is designed to inform all users and potential users of the VET system of the opportunities available to them, as well as to gain an understanding of how VET contributes to improving economic and social …

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Economic Equity for Victorian Women

Leading on from an inquiry into economic equity for Victorian women, the Victorian Government is developing strategies to increase participation of women in traditionally male dominated sectors. The government is seeking feedback and input to inform these strategies.   A discussion paper has been created with an online survey available which seeks feedback for industry via a series of questions.  Victoria, …

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Annual Jobs and Skills Report

Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) was established in November 2022.  Its central role is to advise government and other stakeholders in the national skills system of Australia’s skills needs and the ability of the training system to meet those needs. JSA recently released the Jobs and Skills Report for 2023.  In this report, trends shaping the economy and the workforce …

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Is time running out?

When completing an apprenticeship, both the employer and the apprentice sign a training contract. This contract allows an apprentice to work legally under the supervision of a licensed electrician.   By signing the training contract, the apprentice is allocated a period of time to learn both on and off the job (at trade school), and to complete their profiling.   Upon …

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My Electric Vehicle (continued)

Owning an electrical contracting business, Dean felt it necessary to lead by example and embark on the electric vehicle (EV) journey. With children growing older, and cars changing hands in the family, the opportunity was recently realised.  Seeking advice from others and doing his own research, Dean, in consultation with his wife Kathleen, purchased a BYD (Build Your Dreams) EV. …

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FES Out and About

Future Energy Skills(FES) regularly attends industry events and activities, supporting our sponsors and industry.  Recently the team has been attending Middy’s nights. These are nights held in local areas throughout the State and interstate and all members of the industry, contractors, partners, wives and apprentices are welcome.   We have enjoyed the chance to connect with the industry in a relaxed …

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Careers For Net Zero Fair

Careers for Net Zero is a movement to expand Australia’s clean economy workforce. This is a new initiative and at this event the campaign will be launched to support everyday Australians to gain the knowledge and skills to deliver an equitable, prosperous net zero Australia.  Appropriate skills will be vital for Australia to achieve emissions targets.   The Clean Energy Council …

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Training System Changes

With the development and creation of the new Jobs Skills Councils (JSCs) The Federal Government has recently released the details associated with the Training Package Assurance Team. They have also announced a new integrity unit within the Vocational Education Sector (VET) regulator Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).  With the advent of the JSCs, the Federal Government released the “Standards for …

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Driving My Electric Vehicle

Sitting on the Eastern Freeway many years ago stuck in traffic, Ron was concerned about the amount of fossil fuel each car was burning, thus commencing his EV journey. His interest in Tesla and EVs was sparked when watching a Top Gear episode. Ron started following EV technology and even contemplated purchasing a Blade electric vehicle being made in regional …