Developing Skills In Energy Efficiency

Melbourne Polytechnic will be the first Victorian education institute training the energy technicians of the future, with a new formal qualification for electricians in energy efficiency.

The new Certificate IV in Energy Management and Control aims to upskill graduates so they can provide more energy efficient services to businesses.

Melbourne Polytechnic, in partnership with Energy Skills Australia, will develop and pilot the program in January 2018, and it will then be available at other training organisations around Victoria.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today met with students at Melbourne Polytechnic – one of six new organisations funded under the Andrews Labor Government’s $3.6 million Boosting Business Productivity Program.

The program supports businesses to save money by boosting their energy efficiency, cutting energy and materials costs, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The other five recipients are:

  • Australian Industry Group
  • Australian Refrigeration Association
  • Bayside City Council
  • Nillumbik Shire Council
  • Vegetable Growers Association of Victoria

The funding will enable these organisations to deliver workshops, training and tools to help businesses build knowledge and skills in energy efficiency as Victoria makes the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“We are supporting high growth industry sectors to secure Victoria’s future as a competitive, innovative, and strong economy.”

By upskilling workers, we can open up the sector to create long-term sustainable jobs, increase the uptake of energy efficiency and drive innovation in new energy technologies.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

“Our TAFEs are making sure Victorians get the training they need to find a job and ensuring industry has the skills it needs for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”