Federal Member for Werriwa, Ms Anne Stanley MP is encouraging anyone from Werriwa interested in working in the jobs of the future to consider applying for the New Energy Apprenticeships program.

The Australian Government’s commitment to net zero emissions has been given a significant boost with the launch of the program that has a spend of $95.6 million over nine years to support 10,000 New Energy Apprenticeships.

The program will see eligible apprentices receive up to $10,000 over the course of their apprenticeship to assist with the cost of living.

“Clean energy industries are the future for our workers and include work in solar installation, large scale renewable projects, electric vehicles, green hydrogen, and renewable manufacturing,” Ms Stanley said.

The New Energy Apprenticeships program, which forms part of the Powering Australia Plan will help to secure a pipeline of talent to deliver Australia’s clean energy infrastructure needed to achieve a 43 per cent emissions reductions target by 2030 and net zero by 2050.

It is also one of a suite of measures to arrest the declining apprentice completion rates.

The announcement comes off the back of the Australian Government’s commitment to a $1 billion 12-month Skills Agreement, jointly funded by states and territories, delivering 180,000 Fee-Free TAFE and vocational education places Australia-wide in 2023.

Fee-Free TAFE will increase opportunities and workforce participation of priority groups, including First Nations Australians, young people aged 17-24, people out of work or receiving income support, unpaid carers, women undertaking study in non-traditional fields, and people with disability.

For more information visit www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/aus-apprenticeships-incentives