Friday, July 8, 2022

Victoria expands solar training scheme

The Victorian Government has announced an expansion of training for solar workers as part of Free TAFE.

After a two-year pilot, the Government announced the course in Working Safely in the Solar Industry will be added as a Free TAFE Short Course from 1 July 2022.

“Solar Homes has saved almost 200,000 Victorians thousands on their power bills. As this program grows, we’re making sure the tradespeople who install solar get the skills they need to work safely – for free,” said Premier Daniel Andrews.

The course has been expanded to be offered at 12 TAFEs – including seven in regional Victoria – after the pilot initially offered it at just four locations.

The two-day training – now mandatory for all on-site workers in Solar Victoria’s programs – gives electricians, plumbers, solar PV and battery installers and their apprentices the skills they need to install photovoltaic and solar water systems.

“The trial of this program has seen thousands of workers train for our booming solar program – and adding it to Free TAFE on an ongoing basis will make it even easier for them to get the skills they need for their work,” said Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney.

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