Partnership to supercharge workforce of the future

Wind farm at sunset with transmission towers in the background (aemo report)
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Endeavour Energy and Thomson Bridge have announced a new partnership that will deliver essential safety and skills training for workers in the NSW energy and infrastructure sectors.

Commencing this month, workers and contractors who are involved in developing, operating and maintaining electrically significant infrastructure will have access to short courses and training at Endeavour Energy’s state-of-the-art training facility in Hoxton Park, to gain the qualifications essential for their work.

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Delivered by Australia’s leading Registered Training Operator (RTO) for the Electricity Supply Industry (ESI), Thomson Bridge, the training partnership aims to build the necessary skills to support the NSW Government’s significant pipeline of new energy infrastructure including the regional Renewable Energy Zones (REZs), and other critical infrastructure including transmission lines, rail networks and the growing pipeline of infrastructure required for the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

Endeavour Energy general manager Andrew Pitman said the partnership seeks to address anticipated workforce skills shortages and aims to deliver a highly skilled and adaptable workforce ready for the future.

“Endeavour Energy is thrilled to partner with Thomson Bridge to lead the way in training the workforce of the future. As the electricity network that builds, maintains and supplies power to over 2.6 million people living and working in the some of the fastest growing regions of NSW, we are committed to supporting the future workforce required to deliver a renewable and more sustainable energy future.

“Critical to the success of these transformational projects is teaching workers and contractors to safely build, operate and maintain electrically significant infrastructure. 

“We see this as an opportunity to contribute to the development of a skilled workforce for NSW by providing access to this purpose-built training facility for the development of practical powerline, substation and cable jointing skills for the workforce of the future,” Pitman said.  

Thomson Bridge managing director Lisa Parkinson said the training will cater for new contractors entering the industry as well as experienced workers transitioning their career paths.

“Our collaboration with Endeavour Energy will create best in breed skills and thinking and will be agile and responsive to industry needs with programs introduced based on the demand for new and essential skills.

“The first courses available will include high voltage operations, cable jointing and basic safety training for wind farm access. We also see a need to offer full qualification pathways for new and experienced workers in overhead powerline qualifications for electricity and rail networks.”

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There is also a growing demand from project managers and engineers for practical supervisory level technical training such as best practice in cable jointing and installation, and for engineering services that support safe high voltage operations such as arc flash calculations and drafting or reviewing electrical safety rules.“

Key sectors to benefit from this initiative include distribution and transmission networks, renewable energy assets, light and heavy rail networks, together with heavy industry and utilities that operate high voltage plant to perform their business, such as airports, data centres, and water utilities.

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