Partnership to boost new energy skills in Gippland

13 June 2024 — Community & Environment | Project Team | Supply Chain & Industry |
From left: Michelle Anderson, Kate Foster, Penny Pickett, Andrew O'Loughlin, Mikaela Power

Corio Generation and Federation University Australia have joined forces to facilitate Gippsland’s transition to renewable energy production.

As part of a new collaboration agreement, the University and the global offshore wind developer will support the reskilling of the local workforce and work to accelerate innovation in renewable energy research.

The agreement includes a commitment from Corio Generation to drive the renewable energy transition and help Federation support scholarships, research and renewable energy training.

Corio Generation is currently developing the 2.5 GW Great Eastern Offshore Wind project in the Gippsland offshore wind zone, with the project expected to support up to 1700 Australian jobs during peak construction periods and 340 ongoing permanent roles during operations.

The Commonwealth Government last month announced its preliminary intention to grant a feasibility licence for the project, subject to First Nations consultation.

The partnership is the latest in a series of collaborations between Federation University and Gippsland industry to create a pipeline of skilled workers for critical sectors like energy and health.

Federation University’s Director Regional Strategy and Engagement, Professor Andrew O’Loughlin said, “As Victoria’s leading regional university, we are uniquely placed to work with industry and government to provide the pipeline of skills needed to drive prosperity in Gippsland as it transitions to new energy technologies.”

“Federation University is proud to collaborate with Corio Generation in supporting the reskilling of the local workforce and driving innovation in renewable energy research.”

Penny Pickett, Corio’s Head of Australia commented “Our Great Eastern Offshore Wind project will need a highly trained and skilled workforce.”

“An important component of our work in the coming years will be working in collaboration with industry and our education partners, such as Federation University, to upskill the existing workforce and encourage Gippsland-based students to consider a career in offshore wind.”

“Our GEOW project will be operational for 30+ years so there are great opportunities for those considering a career in renewable energy, and it will also bring long-lasting local benefits to the Gippsland region.”