A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed in Townsville with the aim of increasing the training of one of Australia’s fastest growing industry workforces – hydrogen.
Training and Skills Development Minister Di Farmer traveled to Townsville, Queensland to witness the signing between TAFE Queensland and Ark Energy Corporation which will see TAFE Queensland upgrade and retrain the hand of Ark Energy and its affiliates, including Sun Metals and Townsville Logistics. .
“Workforce development goes hand in hand with industry development, so it’s vital that our future workforce has the right training to seize exciting new opportunities in the growing industry. hydrogen and support Queensland’s position as an industry leader,” Ms Farmer said.
“This training will ensure the safe production, handling and use of hydrogen in various applications of the energy transition and in particular ultra-heavy transport to reduce CO2 emissions.”
The signing of the MoU follows the announcement of the development of Ark Energy’s SunHQ Hydrogen Hub – a renewable hydrogen facility focused on decarbonizing the ultra-heavy-duty transport sector – at Sun Metals Zinc Refinery in Townsville.
Townsville MP and Resources Minister Scott Stewart said the city is well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities presented by green hydrogen.
“There are potentially thousands of jobs in this new industry and that is why we are investing in the Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Training Center at Bohle TAFE,” Mr Stewart said.
“Working with industry partners like Ark Energy is key to unlocking Townsville’s potential as a hydrogen hub, which is why this announcement is so exciting.”
Ark Energy Managing Director Daniel Kim said he was delighted to be working with Queensland’s largest and most trusted vocational education and training (VET) provider, TAFE Queensland:
“Ark Energy is proud to be one of the first players in the hydrogen industry and our partnership with Queensland’s leading VET provider will keep us ahead of the game.
“In order to build a world-class hydrogen industry, we need world-class training for our current and future workforce, and our partnership with TAFE Queensland is key to achieving our goal of building the hydrogen industry. ‘National Hydrogen Economy in North Queensland.’
TAFE Queensland Managing Director Mary Campbell said the training provider is proud to support Ark Energy in strengthening the national hydrogen economy:
“TAFE Queensland works best when we work hand in hand with industry and we are proud to be able to play such an important role in shaping Queensland’s future in hydrogen with vital training and skills. “said Ms. Campbell.
“Ark Energy believes Townsville can develop a national, globally competitive hydrogen industry and TAFE Queensland stands ready to support them with quality, innovative and progressive training and facilities.”
The 2022-23 state budget includes more than $1.2 billion for skills and training to continue to deliver high quality education so Queenslanders can retrain or upskill to advance their careers and seize new opportunities such as those in the growing hydrogen sector.