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TAFE Queensland investment targets EV upskilling

A $3 million investment will allow TAFE Queensland to upgrade its EV training equipment as part of the federal government’s TAFE Technology Fund

TAFE Queensland has secured a $3 million investment from the federal government through the TAFE Technology Fund to further enhance electric vehicle (EV) training. 

The grant will be used to install battery electric vehicle training simulators, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, 3D scanners and virtual reality headsets at TAFE Queensland’s Acacia Ridge and Bohle campuses. 

The investment will ensure students gain hands-on learning, training and upskilling to support EV maintenance and repair, and has been labelled as critical to supporting the Future Made in Australia program. 

It is estimated the investment will benefit more than 5000 students and prospective employers across the state. 

Queensland minister for training and skills development Lance McCallum says the investment will continue to ensure students are properly trained in a booming industry. 

“These initiatives make sure everyday Queenslanders can access high-paying, future-proof jobs in our burgeoning clean energy industries,” McCallum says. 

“We want Queenslanders at the front of the line for good local jobs in the booming electric vehicle industry, so these investments are about creating real opportunities for everyday people. 

“Thanks to our Free TAFE program, many of the Queenslanders undertaking it will be doing it for free.” 

The federal government is investing $502.9 million for an additional 320,000 fee-free TAFE and VET places nationwide across the next three years. Nearly 70,000 Queenslanders were enrolled in Free TAFE last year. 

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