Energising Skills Local Jobs Program

Pre-employment Entry Level Training Course Outline


Gippsland is rapidly responding to Government priorities for cleaner energy to meet the state-wide renewable energy targets, major renewable energy infrastructure projects are being planned for Gippsland.

The Energising Skills Project is a partnership between Workforce Plus, APM Employment Services and the Australian Renewables Academy and is funded under the Local Jobs Program by the Department of Education Skills and Employment.

The project delivers a highly customised pre-employment training program, including on-the-job and off-the-job supports providing long-term and vulnerable job seekers with the best opportunity to successfully transition into work in a key new industry sector for Gippsland

Program Information & Application Process

What is included in the program?

  • No cost to you
  • Guaranteed work placement with an employer in the Renewable Energy Sector or Supply Chain
  • Support to access Nationally Accredited Units of Competency required to start working on the construction of local Renewable Energy Infrastructure Projects
  • Gain the skills employers are looking for – get ahead of the rush to become work ready to take up Renewable Energy jobs
  • Connect with employers recruiting in the Renewable Energy Sector
  • Support for students without access to a computer



Skills Learned

Core employ-ability skills development across the following areas specifically customised to the Renewable Energy Sector, including:

  • Communication for work
  • Connecting & working with others
  • Identifying & problem solving
  • Creating & applying initiative
  • Planning & organising
  • Self-Management
  • Observation & Learning
  • Technology (relevant to workplace)
  • Health & Wellbeing

Additional accredited units of competencies will provide job seekers skills and qualifications required to work on the construction sites.

Workforce Plus will facilitate access to industry required accredited units via Victoria Government Skills First Funding with a TAFE or other Registered Training Organisation

  • Construction Induction Card CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
  • Manual Handling RIIWHS201E Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures


You can apply for the program if you:

  • Live in Gippsland
  • Are registered with an Employment Service Provider under jobactive, New Employment Services Trial, ParentsNext or Transition
  • Are likely to pass a National Police Check
  • Be an Australian or NZ Citizen, permanent resident or on a humanitarian visa
  • Have basic tech, numeracy, and literacy skills
  • Can attend class full time for 4 weeks (between 9am and 3pm)
  • Can attend Work Experience Placement for 2 weeks
  • Have a genuine interest in working on local Renewable Infrastructure Projects
  • Physically fit to carry out duties of the job




The Renewable Energy sector encompasses a broad variety of entry level roles ranging from labourers to security, land management and administration. Due to the number of construction projects planned for Gippsland, jobs will be available across many sectors in the supply chain including but not limited to.

  • Civil Construction
  • Security
  • Transport & Logistic
  • Construction
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Training & Education
  • Fencing & Maintenance

More information on the scope of available jobs can be found at our partner website https://www.renewablesacademy.com.au/employment

Course Detail and Time Frame – 4 Weeks

Week 1
  • Introductions / Getting to know each other
  • Classroom rules. Introduction to code of conduct
  • Understanding types of energy sources
  • Local renewable energy projects
  • Jobs in renewable energy sector and easy pathways into them
  • Understanding Renewables language
  • Communication at Work
  • Industry guest speakers
  • Individual Learner plans
  • Key skills required to work in the renewables industry
  • Workplace awareness – environmental considerations
  • Recruitment processes and platforms
Week 2
  • Working in diverse teams
  • Exploring duties and responsibilities Guest speaker (Renewable Energy worker)
  • Daily routines and personal qualities
  • Working to schedules
  • Managing Workloads
  • Work/life balance
  • Setting Goals – planning your career
  • Onsite reporting structure
  • Communication for Work
  • Exploring Entry Level Roles – duties and responsibilities
  • Core Skills for Work – workplace literacy & numeracy
    • Understanding self
    • Mapping Strengths to Entry Level renewable jobs
    • Digital Skills for home and work
    • Workplace documentation
    • Work protocols
    • Planning & Organising Work Permits
    • Exploring Entry Level Roles – duties and responsibilities
    • Communication for work
    Week 3
    • Developing confidence
    • Workplace technology
    • Identifying & Problem Solving – simulated activities
    • Basic Tool & Plant Identification
    • Teamwork and Cooperation
    • Embracing & practicing new skills
    • Diversity & Equity at work
    • Self-Management
    • Creating and applying initiative
    • Digital Technology
    • Managing Conflict at work
    • Embracing and practicing new skills at work
    • Workplace Commitment and culture
    Week 4
    • Resilience at work
    • Accountability at work
    • Workplace boundaries
    • Embracing and practicing new skills
    • WHS
    • Safety reports
    • Interview skills – Industry Mock Interviews
    • Leading in your job
    • Work boundaries
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • Safety signs
    • Pathways to work
    • Transitioning into work planning
    • Evaluation of the course (learner review)
    • Next steps
    • Certificate of Attendance presentation
    • Celebration

    How Can I Apply?

    1 10 minutes


    Fill out the application form online.


    2 20 minutes


    We will check your eligibility for the program and there will be an opportunity for you to tell us a little about you. We will make contact with you via telephone to discuss your application.

    3 45 minutes


    We will invite you to come in or join us online and complete a pre-training review, which includes a short LLN (Learning, Literacy & Numeracy) test. This is to ensure this program is right for you and determine the level of support you may need.

    4 4 weeks


    Once we have completed the intake process you will join the rest of your classmates on campus to commencing your learning journey. We will work with you to help to support you to complete your accredited units as well.

    5 2 weeks


    You will participate in a minimum of on-the-job training through the National Work Experience Program to practice your newfound skills and knowledge


    Congratulations you have finished your training and now you are ready to secure your new job! We will help you find employment within the Renewable Energy Sector and its supply chain. We even support you after you commence work through our highly tailored post placement support program.



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    Interview Rehearsal

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    Ongoing Support

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