Principle 4: Local jobs and secure work

Prioritise the development and employment of local people wherever possible and embed improved employment standards to ensure secure work.

The long-term development of the Northern, Central and Southern QREZ provides the opportunity to create thousands of jobs and training opportunities for workers in Queensland’s regions. To support delivery of this principle, generation, and transmission projects within QREZ should provide safe, secure and decent employment, which gives priority to local workers, including apprentices and trainees.

Renewable energy construction should take advantage of Queensland’s skilled regional workforce. For example, Western and Southern Downs have an established construction, manufacturing and labour force and comparatively strong industry supply chains per capita of population, which could be leveraged by supportive procurement policies.

Project proponents should engage with local employment and training organisations to ensure that opportunities associated with projects are communicated to potential local employees through a range of channels.

The Queensland Government is investing in specialised training with a $20 million Hydrogen Training Centre of Excellence at Beenleigh, $10.6 million for a Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Training facility at Bohle TAFE campus in Townsville, $2 million to upgrade training facilities at Gladstone State High School to prepare students for jobs in the hydrogen industry and a $17 million grant will allow Electro Group Training to deliver renewable energy skills and training. Ensuring those interested in regional areas can attend these training centres will be a critical part of their success.

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