MEDIA RELEASE - Training the new energy workforce of the future
12 May 2022
An Albanese Labor Government will partner with the University of Newcastle to build a new facility to test and invent solutions to global challenges when it comes to the use of hydrogen and other new energy industries.
The Hunter has a proud history in the resources sector, and we know its future can be proud and resource-rich too.
With its skilled workforce, abundant resources, industrial expertise and rail and port infrastructure, the Hunter region is poised to take full advantage of the energy industries.
The one link still missing is the testing facilities with the settings, equipment and scale to problem solve and invent solutions – including hydrogen storage, compression and dispensing capabilities – as well as to enable training pathways in new energy industries.
That is why an Albanese Labor Government will invest $16 million in the University of Newcastle to provide the enabling industrial scale infrastructure needed to get a New Energy Skills Hub off the ground.
The skills, techniques and technologies developed by this project will enable local industry – including hydrogen investments at the Port of Newcastle – to grow to their fullest potential.
Newcastle and the Hunter – having powered our nation for generations – are ideally placed to become a renewable energy superpower, delivering power long into the future. Labor has the vision and plans to ensure we seize this moment.
Only an Albanese Labor Government will partner with local industry and universities to deliver the skills of the future to Newcastle and the Hunter.