Tasmania will continue to lead the nation with the development of qualifications in the hydrogen industry as part of the new $14 million Trades and Water Centre of Excellence at TasTAFE’s Clarence campus.
We have been working with industry and know they want accredited courses and a delivery site, and that is what we will deliver. It will allow for a near doubling of student enrolments.
The qualifications will support the Governments Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan, which articulates our vision to use our abundant renewable energy and water resources to be a leader in large-scale renewable hydrogen production by 2030.
As part of the Tasmanian Government’s two year infrastructure blitz, an additional $7 million was announced last week for the Trade and Water Centre of Excellence to boost TasTAFE’s training capacity.
The centre will focus on training Tasmanians in the construction and civil contracting industries, including the water and sewerage infrastructure sector and now hydrogen.
The nation-leading hydrogen training will be delivered alongside qualifications in plumbing, refrigeration and air-conditioning and for the first time Tasmania Fire Service fire hydrant training.
It will include a purpose built workshop and allow for double the student capacity in certificate and diploma level qualifications, plus capacity to offer 21 new industry focused short courses on continuing professional development.
This additional $7 million brings the total investment in the Centre of Excellence to $14 million, which was a commitment made during the 2018 election and it is great to see this critical project turbo-charged.
This facility will be a key driver in delivering the skills needed to rebuild Tasmania, with its own industry-based Board to ensure its operations align with the needs of employers.