Clean economy

The transition to a clean economy requires an expansion of the workforce and shifts in skills.

The Victorian Skills Plan for 2023 into 2024 supports Victoria’s clean economy ambitions

The transition to a clean economy requires an expansion of the workforce and shifts in skills.

  • 59,000 jobs will be created in renewable energy through the State Electricity Commission (SEC)
  • 6,000 SEC jobs will be for apprentices and trainees
  • 10,000 additional jobs per year in clean economy-related occupations will be needed from now until 2030.

More information on Victoria’s employment needs is available in the Employment Forecast Dashboard and the State of the Victorian Labour Market Report.

The clean economy transition will create new specialist occupations (in areas such as battery storage, energy auditing and energy efficiency), while new workers will also be required in roles that support the transition (such as engineering production workers, keyboard operators, machine operators and motor mechanics).

Promoting post-secondary education skills and career pathways

New workers with higher-order and transferable skills are needed for the clean economy transition, and vocational education and training (VET) will play a key role in delivering these skills.

To further improve VET graduate outcomes, VET needs to meet the aspirations of learners and deliver transferable skills. The Skills Plan recommends pursuing VET qualification reforms that increase transferable skills and support wider career options.

Delivering the right skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow

The Victorian TAFE Network is at the forefront of the education and training responses needed to support the clean economy transition.

Local and global factors will require workers to up-skill and develop transferable skills, allowing flexibility within and across occupations and industries to meet higher-demand and increase productivity.

To deliver the right skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow, the Skills Plan recommends:

  • an integrated postsecondary school system that recognises the unique value of VET, streamlining qualification development and reducing regulatory burden for Victorian TAFE Network providers
  • developing approaches to embed applied research in the education and training delivered by Victorian TAFE Network providers.

The clean economy transition requires a transformed education and training response. The Clean Economy Workforce Development Strategy sets out the transformation needed in Victoria’s skilling approach.

The Victorian Skills Authority will also support the development of the Victorian Energy Jobs Plan by providing data and insights.

Download the clean economy fact sheet below (opens in a new window).

Victorian Skills Plan fact sheet - clean economy
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