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Overhauling training and education will be central to the Morrison government’s pandemic recovery plans, the Feds announced on Tuesday.

The “JobMaker” policy plan is not about extra funding but about better distribution and accountability of funding to better link industry demands and skills the government said.

The apprenticeship system for one, needs an injection of support and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has called for a “rebuild” of TAFE” in recent months, “blaming the Coalition for allowing a steep fall in apprenticeships before the coronavirus crisis”.

We can suggest one growing section of the economy that will yield great rewards for some dedicated attention: green industries, such as clean energy. This is one area of good economic growth that the Victorian government is well aware of, handing out another $1 million round of grant funding through its New Energy Jobs Fund.

The current round of funding is geared towards community-owned renewables projects in Victoria’s regions. But anything that creates more “environmental, economic and employment opportunities” is eligible.

The government’s website on the fund says the plan is to “support Victorian-based projects that create long-term sustainable jobs, increase the uptake of renewable energy generation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive innovation in new energy technologies.”

This includes “a variety of innovative technologies, feasibility studies and business cases to expand and extend renewable developments to create long-term market confidence”.

Applications for Round 5 of the New Energy Jobs Fund are open till 2pm Thursday 18 June 2020.

For more information and submit applications, visit Community Energy.

Our pick of the jobs  – green shoots in green jobs market

There are signs of life in the green jobs market, with more  sustainability-related roles on offer around the country. But what about “an economist, journalist, engineer or consultant with writing skills”?

If you’re easily excited by things that move – sustainably – then you might consider a new role going at sustainable mobility consultancy MOV3MENT. The small Brisbane-based team is expanding and needs someone with experience in government policy to communicate with public sector clients at the local, state and even federal level.

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The business was started a few years ago by Mark Gjerek, a chemical engineer by training, who wanted to combine his passion for transport and sustainability.

Compared to energy, company director Gjerek says that there’s not much of a focus on the environmental and health impacts of transport.

The consultancy does everything from top level strategic and policy work for both government and private sector, right down to work on the coal face of transitioning fleets to more sustainable fuel sources, namely EVs.

Gjerek says that the transition to EVs is becoming increasingly viable from an economic standpoint, but it’s not a simple task of swapping diesel and petrol vehicles for electric equivalents. He says organisations need to rejig their business models to get the most out of these new technologies.

The consultancy is also involved in a number of innovative programs and trials, including the development of an environmental rating scheme for trucks.

With most public sector work in moving ahead as planned, Gjerek is looking to bolster the team with an economist, journalist, engineer or consultant with writing skills who is familiar with the mechanics and language of government.

If food and produce is more your jam, there’s a job going at Perfection Fresh, a 40-year-old Australian fresh produce company.

As the new product development and sustainability manager, you will be responsible for planning and coordinating company-wide environmental sustainability efforts, as well as developing new products.

In the wake of the devastating summer bushfire season that hit the Bega Valley hard, the Bega Valley Shire is looking to boost its fire management team. It’s seeking a natural asset officer to focus on bushfire planning and management.

In giant consulting firm WSP Craig Faull has been promoted to be director of environment in Australia. Faull has worked at the company since 2011, mainly in roles related to contaminated land management.

The professional services firm has also hired Jamie Maslen as new national technical executive of asset management. As part of WSP’s advisory group, Maslen will help asset owner clients building resiliency in their infrastructure assets and investments.

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