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    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    ENERGY EFFICIENT INITIATIVES TO GIVE ‘GREEN’ LIGHT TO NEW JOBS

    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Thursday, April 23, 2009

    ENERGY EFFICIENT INITIATIVES TO GIVE ‘GREEN’ LIGHT TO NEW JOBS

    The battle against climate change is creating demand for ‘green collar’ jobs in the energy-efficiency arena.

    Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson today said the commitment of Queenslanders to protecting our environment was creating an exciting new range of employment opportunities.

    Addressing the Queensland Energy Efficiency Industry Workforce Summit in Brisbane, Mr Wilson said there was a clear need for skilled workers ready to meet this demand.

    “There is a growing need for more electricians and ‘green’ plumbers, solar installers, energy auditors, 'sustainable living' architects and designers and ‘green’ building and construction workers, all with the skills to help reduce our carbon footprint,” he said.

    “The Bligh Government is working with industry to address skills shortages in the sustainable energy and energy efficiency areas.

    “We’re investing $27.84 million in energy apprenticeship and traineeship training and $5.41 million in other vocational training in the sector during 2008-09.

    “We’re particularly focused on the need for skilled workers in growth areas such as sustainable energy and, more specifically, energy efficiency.

    “This is part of the Government’s broader commitment to ‘green jobs’.

    “Despite the current global economic crisis, we will continue to build our skills base ready for future demands.”

    Mr Wilson said the Government had partnered with Energy Skills Queensland to develop the Sustainable Energy Skills Formation Strategy, a collective workforce strategy for the energy-efficient built environment industry in Queensland.

    “The Queensland Government is actively building a strong education and training system to support our industries and to ensure long-term economic growth,” he said.

    “Through the Queensland Skills Plan 2008, we are working with industry, training providers and others to build the most dynamic and responsive training system in Australia.”

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