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Training package to upskill Western Power workers

Energy Minister Bill Johnston and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery released the following media statement today:

  • Western Power and North Metropolitan TAFE are working together to prepare the workforce for new energy technology projects in regional Western Australia.
  • McGowan Government continues to increase opportunities to train Western Australians for jobs of the future

Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery and Minister for Energy Bill Johnston today launched a new training program to upskill Western Power staff at North Metropolitan TAFE’s East Perth campus.

The collaboration between North Metropolitan TAFE and Western Power will provide workers with the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge about Stand-alone Power Systems (SPS) in a hands-on, practical setting.  

SPS units combine solar and battery technology with a backup generator which provides enough storage to provide two days’ supply of electricity.

The training at NMT will be integral to support the State Government’s rollout of SPS units across the South West Interconnected Network.

In February Energy Minister Bill Johnston announced Australia’s largest rollout of units with 57 units to be installed across the South West Interconnected Network in regional areas including Tambellup, Mullewa, Newdegate and Bonnie Rock.

The partnership with NMT will play an essential part in Western Power’s commitment to meet the growing opportunity to supply greener non-traditional network solutions like SPS.

An initial cohort of participants are currently undergoing training with the ability to train more in the future.

Two courses will be available including SPS Familiarisation and Repair and Maintain SPS to support the installation, maintenance and fault response for SPS. 

Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery and Minister for Energy Bill Johnston launching a new training program to upskill Western Power staff at North Metropolitan TAFE’s East Perth campus