The federal government is taking steps to help Australia thrive in a global zero-emissions economy, with plans to invest $100 million to fund apprenticeships in clean energy and manufacturing and $10 million for funding and education programs.
“As one of the sunniest and windiest countries on Earth, Australia has everything it needs to prosper in a clean energy economy and unlock thousands of clean jobs,” Climate Council campaigns director Alix Pearce said.
“We urgently need a plan to reduce emissions to capitalise on the job opportunities this presents. Funding apprenticeships in sectors like clean energy and clean manufacturing will help young Australians seize emerging opportunities in the clean energy jobs marketplace, and businesses have access to highly skilled workers.
“Support for apprenticeships in sunrise industries also offers retraining and upskilling opportunities for experienced workers and will help protect jobs as the global economy transitions away from fossil fuels to renewable energy,” she said.
According to the Climate Council’s Clean Jobs Plan, investing in renewable energy and other low-carbon industries has the potential to rapidly generate 76,000 jobs, reboot the economy and positively impact climate change in the long term.
“Apprenticeships alone won’t guarantee job creation at the scale Australia needs. Both major parties must give business the policy certainty to establish and expand clean industries. That means strong emissions reduction targets across sectors focused squarely on this decade,” Pearce said.
“It’s also critical that this announcement is part of a bigger plan to ensure the clean economy jobs of the future are secure, good quality jobs that provide a long-term pipeline of work for Australians.”
The Climate Council’s targets for Australia include reducing emissions by 75 per cent by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2035.