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Investing in people and industry

For the clean energy transition to take place, Australia needs workers, and there are skills and labour shortages that need to be addressed. Here's how we're contributing to one of the largest recruitment drives the industry has ever seen.

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Around 30,000 Australians currently work in the clean energy industry.

If all projects in the pipeline go ahead in order to achieve net zero, we'll need an extra 50,000 jobs by 2030.
The Clean Energy Council's Skills and Training Directorate, and supporting committees and working groups, are advocating for policies and developing actions to help attract, train and retain the skilled and diverse workforce needed to build Australia's future.
01 INVESTING IN PEOPLE AND INDUSTRY

Establishing clean energy as an attractive career path

With huge growth in the industry, recruiting electricians, engineers and other skilled workers is critical. 

Our Careers for Net Zero campaign and our Careers Guide are building the future workforce through engaging the next generation of clean energy workers and supporting workers to transition from other sectors. Our Careers Hub is helping fill existing job vacancies. And we're working with unions and governments on portable entitlements for workers.


Careers for Net Zero

Careers for Net Zero

Find out about roles in the clean energy industry to plan your next career move.
Jobs in the industry

Jobs in the industry

Search current jobs across the renewable energy and energy storage sectors.
Careers guide

Careers guide

Use our guide to discover all the clean energy industry roles and pathways on offer.
Skilling The Energy Transition Report Provides Solutions To Australia's Skills And Labour Challenges
31 Aug 2022

Skilling The Energy Transition Report Provides Solutions To Australia's Skills And Labour Challenges

Australia runs the risk of being unable to meet its new climate targets unless the current and growing labour shortages and skills gaps across the clean energy industry are filled.
02 INVESTING IN PEOPLE AND INDUSTRY

Increasing equity, inclusion, diversity and accessibility in the clean energy workforce

A more diverse workforce delivers broader skill sets, better performance and greater job satisfaction, and is essential to solving enduring worker shortages in critical occupations. 

Since 2015, our Women in Renewables program has championed women working in the renewable energy industry and fostered women-led leadership. 

We're also working with organisations engaged with First Nations Peoples and implementing initiatives that support the industry to increase workforce accessibility and inclusion for other underrepresented groups.

Diversity in renewables

Diversity in renewables

To attract and retain a diverse workforce we need to ensure our workplaces are equitable, inclusive, and accessible.
First Nations central to clean energy transition
22 Feb 2024

First Nations central to clean energy transition

Read the First Nations Clean Energy Network's foreword to our industry-first guide to engaging with First Nations peoples on renewable energy projects.
Empowering Everyone
28 Oct 2021

Empowering Everyone

The first ever report into diversity in the Australian clean energy sector.
03 INVESTING IN PEOPLE AND INDUSTRY

Delivering quality training and education where it's needed

Standards and regulations are developing rapidly, especially in home energy products and services. 

Our LearnLAB education platform and myCEC service provides training, support and resources to help tradespeople understand requirements and new and potential workers to upskill. 

We're partnering with members, governments, universities and stakeholders to design the training programs and requirements needed as the industry and technologies evolve.

Advisory services

Advisory services

Access expert advice on standards and requirements for the rooftop solar and storage industry.
Education

Education

Power up your business in renewable energy with our tailored professional development courses and interactive learning experiences to upskill your workers.
Clean energy rountable outcomes
19 May 2023

Clean energy rountable outcomes

Discussions turbocharge future workforce cooperation between universities and industry.
Major vocational training update for small-scale renewables
21 Dec 2022

Major vocational training update for small-scale renewables

Clean Energy Council review drives the first comprehensive training update in over 10 years.
04 INVESTING IN PEOPLE AND INDUSTRY

Forecasting and planning for the jobs of tomorrow

Forecasting the jobs and skills needed in future is critical to workforce planning. 

We're working with numerous stakeholders including government, Jobs and Skills Australia and Powering Skills Organisation to help better understand the workforce needs of the evolving industry.

Careers guide

Careers guide

Use our guide to discover all the clean energy industry roles and pathways on offer.
Clean Energy at Work Report 2020
02 Jun 2020

Clean Energy at Work Report 2020

Read the results of the largest study of current and projected employment in the renewable energy industry in Australia.

30k

Australian workers are currently employed directly in the clean energy industry, and that number needs to grow.

200k

job-years in construction are needed to build our clean energy infrastructure pipeline to 2030.

32k

additional electricians will be needed by 2030 to support the transition to clean energy.

The Skills and Training Directorate is focussed on ensuring the clean energy industry attracts, trains and retains the workforce of the future.

Members can log in to read more about the following committees:


Join the Skills and Training Directorate

The majority of our policy work is developed with our members in Directorates, with smaller working groups and committees tackling specific challenges.
Dr Anita Talberg

policy and advocacy

Meet the Director

Dr Anita Talberg Director, Workforce Development
Clean energy is key to Australia’s future, as are the people behind the technologies, so I’m thrilled to be championing the jobs of tomorrow.

Become a Clean Energy Council member

As a member of the Clean Energy Council you can join our directorates and working groups, and add your voice to about 1,000 other members shaping the direction of the clean energy industry. Together, we can accelerate the energy transition and bring the benefits of renewables to all Australians.
Become a Clean Energy Council member
Events

Join the industry leaders

If your organisation is interested in clean energy workforce developments in Australia, register now for these upcoming events.
Australian Clean Energy Summit 2024

Australian Clean Energy Summit 2024

16 Jul - 17 Jul 2024
Careers for Net Zero QLD Roadshow

Careers for Net Zero QLD Roadshow

06 Aug - 14 Aug 2024
All Energy Australia 2024

All Energy Australia 2024

23 Oct - 24 Oct 2024
Women in Renewables Lunch at All Energy Australia 2024

Women in Renewables Lunch at All Energy Australia 2024

23 Oct - 24 Oct 2024