Hydrogen skills study takes off in Darling Downs to assist expected boom

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The hydrogen industry in Queensland is set to grow in the coming years with a new skills study now underway.

Under the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan emerging industries, it’s estimated that the state’s hydrogen industry will grow by $19 billion by 2040, creating an additional 10,000 jobs.

On Thursday 2 February the Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer visited the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) to review progress of the study to be conducted at CS Energy’s Kogan Renewables Hydrogen Demonstration Plant.

The study in the Darling Downs region will find out the skills required by the local hydrogen industry workforce, delivering on the $4 million commitment toward supporting energy skills including for hydrogen, electric, vehicles, and renewable energy which was announced at the Queensland Workforce Summit.

“We don’t know the skills and training that are needed yet within the emerging hydrogen industry and this study is an exciting opportunity for us to learn more about what the industry will need, and the opportunities it will provide,” said Farmer.

“This key action of the Hydrogen Industry Workforce Development Roadmap 2022-32 will provide vital industry workforce intelligence on the hydrogen skills needed in the Toowoomba, Western Downs, Maranoa districts, and across the state more broadly.”

Farmer added that as the demonstration plant is built and operated, a dedicated Skills Officer will work to understand the skills and training needed and will connect local suppliers with hydrogen manufacturing opportunities.

CEO of TSBE Ali Davenport said the project will identify current skills, accreditation and qualifications seen in traditional resources, and look to uncover how these can apply in aspects of hydrogen projects.

“The findings will support the wider supply chain to invest in upskilling and training opportunities to enable them to transition to emerging energy industries,” said Davenport.

Farmer is hopeful that the partnership with TSBE and CS Energy will prepare a job-ready workforce for the hydrogen industry’s expansion.

“Growth of the hydrogen industry relies on a skilled and capable workforce, which is developed through government, the training sector and industry working together,” she added.

“The TSBE project is a $161,000 investment from the VET Emerging Industries’ Hydrogen Skills Fund, which aims to ensure we have the workforce to meet the anticipated growth of the industry by $19 billion and 4,350 jobs by 2040.”

In other news, renewable fuels company, Raven SR, a division of Chevron and Hyzon Motors aim to commercialise a green waste-to-hydrogen facility.

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