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CIT to Provide Cutting-Edge Training in Renewable Wind Technologies

Published: 06 Feb 2015

Canberra Institute of Technology will provide brand-new qualifications and bespoke training facilities in renewable wind technology from 2016, helping to establish the ACT as the premier knowledge and education hub of this emerging field in Australia.

The qualifications, which will be delivered from a specially purposed CIT Renewable Energy Skills Centre of Excellence, will fill a market gap and provide technical training directly relevant, current, applicable and practical for maintaining and operating renewable wind technologies.

The Centre of Excellence will be developed in partnership with the Neoen-owned Hornsdale Wind Farm, and its local partner Megawatt Capital Investments, today awarded 50 per cent of the ACT government's wind auction tender to supply wind energy to the ACT. The Centre of Excellence will enable live monitoring of the 100 plus wind turbines at the farm, and students will also be able to work with large components of the turbines at the centre to ensure they are well-prepared for the realities of the job.

The centre is expected to attract students from Canberra, interstate and abroad. The training will appeal to new learners, and people wishing to upskill to work in this exciting, expanding industry.

Fiona Dace-Lynn, Director, CIT Technology and Design, who will manage the qualifications, says today's announcement has significant implications for CIT and for the ACT.

"Wind energy is a rapidly growing multinational industry. For people with the right qualifications and skills in maintaining and servicing turbines, the sky will be the limit in terms of career opportunities," she said.

Ms Dace-Lynn says the study opportunities presented by the CIT Renewable Energy Skills Centre of Excellence will be very attractive, not just because of the first class facilities and training, but also because there are some great financial assistance options available.

"There will be 30 scholarships of $5,000 each funded by Neoen available each year that students can apply for, and a rental supplement for students from interstate. Eligible students will be able to apply for the study now, pay later option VET Student Loans for any diploma level study," Ms Dace-Lynn said.

All students will also participate in an on-the-job training component at the Neoen Hornsdale Wind Farm, funded by the Centre of Excellence.

CIT's Acting Chief Executive, Leanne Cover, says it is exciting to be selected by Neoen Hornsdale Wind Farm as their preferred education provider in Canberra.

"CIT has led the way in providing state-of-the-art renewable energy technologies for training purposes, most notably the CIT Sustainable Skills Training Hub and solar passive Sustainable House. The new Centre of Excellence will once again set CIT apart as the best technical educator in renewable technologies in the country," Ms Cover said.

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