GOTAFE Partners with Winton Solar Farm in Scholarship Program
GOTAFE has partnered with FRV Winton Solar Farm and established a unique scholarship program that will provide three new Electrical Engineering apprenticeships in the solar and renewable energy sector.
"GOTAFE are exceptionally proud to be working with FRV and the Winton Solar Farm to be able to deliver these scholarships. We offer real-world, first class training to prepare the next generation of skilled workers to contribute to the success of our region."
The Winton Solar Farm is currently under construction with the site covering approximately 250ha. Upon completion, the solar energy captured from the farm will provide enough clean energy to power 52,000 homes. Further to the GOTAFE apprentice program, 29 new apprentices and trainees have been recruited to work on the Winton Solar Farm, in a major development for North-East Victoria’s growing solar industry.
FRV Managing Director, Carlo Frigerio said “Apprentices in our scholarship program will be exposed to a wealth of practical and professional training that will then enable them to work on any of the three solar farms proposed for the region – or within the growing solar industry more generally.
Successful applicants will ‘earn and learn’ while developing valuable skills in large-scale solar electrical engineering – a trade that is currently seeing increased demand as several new solar projects are developed within the region.
“In our view, it’s important to us to provide new training and work opportunities to help the local economy recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and to support North Eastern Victorian Apprentices to learn and work close to home,” Mr Frigerio said.