Workforce Requirements of the Future Launch

May 31, 2017

New plan to prepare workforce for transformed energy future

Australia’s energy workforce must evolve over the next decade to meet the demands of new technologies as networks transform.

The Future Workforce Skilling Impacts report released today by Energy Skills Queensland provides a ten year pathway for the electricity workforce to obtain the skills that will be required to maintain network safety and reliability into the future, within an increasingly complex and decentralised energy system.

The report was developed to support and inform the Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap developed by Energy Networks Australia and CSIRO. Energy Skills Queensland were engaged to undertake this research following the 2015 release of its ‘A Changing Industry, A Changing Workforce’ discussion paper.

The Future Workforce Skilling Impacts report identifies eight key reporting, training and awareness initiatives to help industry prepare and upskill the workforce during the next decade.

Energy Skills Queensland Chief Executive Officer Penelope Twemlow said extensive industry consultation with key stakeholders across Australia took place during the development of the report.

“A coordinated effort from all levels of government, industry, and the training sector is required to ensure the electricity sector has the right workforce, with the right skills, at the right time, in the right place and at the right cost,” Penelope Twemlow said.

“The current workforce will require training and/or development to work with emerging technologies that are entering the electrical supply industry.”

“New occupations that have not traditionally been prominent in network organisations will be required, such as cyber security specialists and software and application programmers.”
Energy Networks Australia CEO John Bradley said it was crucial for energy businesses to plan now to be able to address major changes in future workforce requirements.

“The electricity workforce will need the ability to work within a digitised, decentralised energy system as Australians continue to embrace new technologies,” Mr Bradley said.
“Networks will integrate millions of distributed energy resources like household solar and batteries to provide Australians with secure and affordable energy and to decarbonise electricity by 2050.”

“Our people are our greatest asset in this industry and our workforce plans will be critical to the long-term security, reliability and safety of energy services in a rapidly transforming environment.”

The Future Workforce Skilling Impacts report is available here.

Media contact:

Dougal Warby
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Energy Skills Queensland
Ph. (07) 3721 8800

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