The Future Energy Skills Projects team have recently been working on closing the largest project we have worked on to date, the New Energy Technology Systems or ‘NETS project’.
To meet the anticipated growth in demand for solar battery storage and address safety concerns about solar battery installation, Future Energy Skills (FES) led a Victorian Government funded industry consortia to develop and pilot new, accredited training for electricians to design and install solar battery storage systems.
Funded by the Victorian Government’s Workforce Training Innovation Fund, this New Energy Technology Systems (NETS) Project brought together industry, government and training providers to successfully develop a new blended learning approach over three years. This approach blended classroom and practical training with digital content and resources. Throughout the project, the FES project team effectively navigated a range of challenges including the limited availability of subject matter experts, lack of industry experienced educators and challenging timeframes to develop, pilot and refine the NETS course with five registered training organisations (RTOs) and 115 participants in regional and metropolitan Victoria.
At its conclusion, the project has delivered a suite of blended learning resources which have been tested and updated through the pilot process and are now available to participating RTOs to continue the delivery of the 22453VIC Course in New Energy Technology Systems. Based on feedback from the pilot, modifications were also made to the course packaging rules through the VRQA, to enable the course to be delivered fully subsidised by RTOs with access to Skills First funding, making the training more accessible to an industry facing increasing demand.
For more information about the learning and assessment resources available for New Energy Technology Systems or the visual learning approach please contact the team at Future Energy Skills: firstname.lastname@example.org.