Tas Gov commits extra $7 million to hydrogen training

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The Tasmanian Government is backing jobs in the hydrogen industry announcing an additional $7 million for the Trades and Water Centre of Excellence at TasTAFE’s Clarence campus, bringing the centre up to $14 million in funding.

Tasmanian Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff said the government has been working with industry and knows it wants accredited courses in the hydrogen industry and a delivery site.

The centre will focus on training Tasmanians in the construction and civil contracting industries, including the water and sewerage infrastructure sector and now hydrogen.

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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.

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“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,” Mr Rockliff said.

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.

The qualifications will support the Government’s Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan, which articulates the government’s vision to use its abundant renewable energy and water resources to be a leader in large-scale renewable hydrogen production by 2030.