The federal opposition last night announced a $100 million plan to support 10,000 apprenticeships in clean energy.

Presenting the federal budget reply speech, Labor leader Anthony Albanese, said apprentices who choose to train in new energy industries will receive up to $10,000.

This includes $2,000 on commencement, and $2,000 a year for up to four years afterwards,

Examples of eligible industries include rooftop solar installation and maintenance, large-scale renewable projects, energy efficiency upgrades to homes and businesses, green hydrogen, renewable manufacturing, and relevant agricultural activities.

The funds will be made available over four years.

Labor will also invest $10 million in a New Energy Skills Program.

“Under the Program, Labor will work with the states and territories, industry and unions to ensure workers have access to training pathways that are fit-for-purpose,” Albanese said.

“This initiative will boost existing work by the TAFE sector to develop skills and build workforce capability.

“As part of the program, Labor will also develop a mentoring program in which experienced workers in new energy industries help to train and support new apprentices.”

Climate Council campaigns director, Alix Pearce, said funding apprenticeships in sectors like clean energy and clean manufacturing will help young Australians seize emerging opportunities in the job market.

“Support for apprenticeships in sunrise industries also offers retraining and upskilling opportunities for experienced workers, and will help protect jobs as the global economy transitions away from fossil fuels to renewable energy,” she said.

The Climate Council’s Clean Jobs Plan shows how investing in low-carbon industries like renewable energy can quickly create 76,000 jobs, reboot the economy, and tackle long-term challenges like climate change.



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