Saturday, April 20, 2024

Hydrogen Centre of Excellence to train future innovators

The Queensland Government has opened Australia’s first ever Hydrogen Centre of Excellence. 

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

The Premier 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,” she 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. 

“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.” 

Treasurer, Cameron Dick said the energy transformation provided Queensland with a once-in-a-generation jobs opportunity. 

“Queensland has the natural resources, the ports, the workforce and the skills to become a global leader in the emerging green hydrogen industry, which will be good for Queensland’s economy,” Mr Dick said.

Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said the new facility would leverage partnerships to help supercharge the hydrogen industry in Queensland by delivering a skilled workforce. 

“This partnership demonstrates how working together with industry, unions and government, we can deliver a world-class workforce in Queensland,” Minister de Brenni said. 

“Working with PICAC means our government will ensure we can fast-track the development of the renewable hydrogen industry.” 

Minister for Training and Skills Development, Di Farmer said the centre would deliver hundreds of extra apprentices each year. 

“The new world-class training centre includes specialised gas training equipment, lower carbon technology upgrades, roof-access work platforms, special hazards fire systems and state-of- the-art training rooms,” Minister Farmer said. 

“It will expand training capacity from 700 to 1100 apprenticeships and tradies per year, training workers in fire protection, fire control, plumbing and hydrogen. 

“It is vital these skills are developed by trainees and apprentices now, so that we have the workforce to deliver the projects we’ve already got, and the many more in the pipeline.” 

Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre Chief Executive, Shayne La Combre said the centre was critical for the industry. 

“This world-leading centre is a great example of industry working together to equip apprentices with the skills needed for jobs now and into the future,” Mr La Combre said. 

“Never have the skills of those working in our energy industries been so critical to the economic future here in Queensland and Australia.” 

“This centre will ensure apprentices and those working in the industry receive high quality training to prepare them for jobs in new and emerging industries like hydrogen.” 

The project began construction in February 2021 and was led by Hutchinson Builders.  

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