In an Australian-first, Federation University will offer wind turbine blade maintenance TAFE courses from 2022.
Partnering with industry players like Vestas, apprentices will get hands-on experience in the field as well as at upgraded facilities at Mount Helen, including a new 20-metre-tall tower for high-risk heights training expected to be completed in mid-2021.
Federation University's pro-vice chancellor for vocational training and Federation TAFE chief executive, Liam Sloan, said his team had been working hard for years to secure the course as part of the Asia-Pacific Renewable Energy Tech-Transition Centre.
"It's really practical learning, so they can hit the ground running in the workplace and add impact straight away," he said.
"We'll make a commitment to be able to fill the needs and demands of the sector - I'd love to think that we end up with 20 apprentices, but it may be more."
The course will be a Certificate III in Engineering (Composites), with an exclusive focus on blade repair.
A second post-apprenticeship turbine technician course will also be offered, with globally-recognised accreditation.
"It gives us a great opportunity to bring people to the region, but at the same time positively impact on a national, and potentially global scale around climate change," Mr Sloan said.
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Vestas Australia and New Zealand's Peter Cowling said in a statement the company was proud to be helping fund the course.
"Through our academic partnerships, like that of Federation University, Vestas can continue to drive the growth and expertise of our clean energy transition while demonstrating the synergy between the renewable energy industry and tertiary and vocational institutions," he said.
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