Workforce E-Learning Plan for Renewables (WEPR)

Welcome to the Workforce E-Learning Plan for Renewables (WEPR) project wiki.

The final Workforce Development E-Learning Plan for Renewable Energy Industry - Ver 3.0.pdf was submitted for approval on 23 January 2012, underwent some minor revisions and approved on 2 February 2012. Phase I Implementation has begun. You can follow its progress by selecting it from the left-hand menu.

Background to the Project:

The National Vocational Education and Training (VET) E-Learning Strategy, is funding the development of a Workforce E-Learning Plan for the Renewable Energy (RE) industry by means of the Industry System Change Strategy. This plan will include an immediate 6-month e-learning strategy as well as a 2-year projected plan.

The project requires Val Evans Consulting and associates Future Ready and CultureShift, to work with industry to co-design the workforce plan. The objectives of the plan are:

  • To support the developing renewable energy sector reach its economic and carbon emission reduction targets by 2020
  • To meet the Commonwealth Heads of Australian Government 2020 targets for workforce development:
    • Halve the proportion of Australians aged 20-64 without qualifications at Certificate 3 level and above between 2009 and 2020; and
    • Double the number of higher [VET] qualification completions (diploma and advanced diploma) between 2009 and 2020.

State and Government policy measures including Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) and Clean Energy Future are supporting Australia’s supply of renewable energy. Ageing infrastructure replacement programs, new renewable infrastructure development, maintenance and decommissioning are also adding demand for higher qualified skilled workers.

“DEEWR predicts employment in the Utilities industries (including Water) to continue to increase at an average rate of 2.4% per annum in the five years to 2014-15. This compares to an average annual growth rate of 1.8% across all industries over the same period.” 2011 Environmental Scan by EE-Oz.

Additionally demand growth for skilled energy and electro-technology workers is being driven by the resources sector, emergent technologies and the retirement of highly experienced staff.
Meeting this demand will require a mix of training, development and learning approaches. Blended learning, including e-learning, delivers benefits for both learners and employers.

The Consultancy Team:

Val Evans


Gareth Johnston


Susan Goff

VET E-Learning Consultant

Renewable Energy/Sustainability Consultant

Participatory Systems Facilitator