Australia’s first Hydrogen training centre opens in Brisbane

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk opens the Hydrogen Centre of Excellence in Brisbane
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announces the Hydrogen Centre of Excellence in Brisbane

Queensland’s future workforce will be primed to help transform the state into a global hydrogen superpower, with the opening of Australia’s first Hydrogen Centre of Excellence in Brisbane.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk officially opened the $20 million vocational training centre in Beenleigh in partnership with the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre.

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It’s one of four renewable and hydrogen training centres committed to by the Palaszczuk Government which will see apprentices and trainees graduating with skills to meet the needs of our future energy system.

Palaszczuk said the centre would support more good job opportunities in Queensland’s growing hydrogen sector.

“Queensland is on track to becoming a global hydrogen heavyweight,” the premier said.

“We recently announced our $62 billion Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan, which will drive our renewable energy transformation. This includes developing our hydrogen industry which is expected to grow by $19 billion and create 4,350 jobs by 2040.

“We’re already on our way with 40 hydrogen projects happening across the state.

“And just this week I was in Townsville to announce the North Queensland Super Hub, a partnership between Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) and clean energy operator Windlab, who have plans to produce green hydrogen at an industrial scale.

“But to realise the full economic potential of our energy transformation, we need to invest in our workforce—and this new $20 million training centre does that.

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“We want to deliver Queensland’s energy transformation with our own resources and our own people, which is why we are investing heavily in skills and training.”

Starting construction in February 2021, the project, led by Hutchinson Builders, committed to employ 70 apprentices and support a total of 100 jobs throughout construction, and exceeded that target by employing over 110 apprentices.

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