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1 Text line Unpacking the green skills challenge Dr Garry McDonald National Centre for Sustainability Swinburne University of Technology

2 Text line Australia’s emissions trends, 1990 to 2020

3 Text line Definition Skills for sustainability, also known as green skills, are the technical skills, knowledge, values and attitudes needed in the workforce to develop and support sustainable social, economic and environmental outcomes in business, industry and the community Green Skills Agreement (GSA) endorsed by COAG November 2009 Swinburne

4 Text line Which jobs need ‘skills for sustainability’? Emerging ‘clean and green’ jobs & industries Existing jobs that provide green outcomes All other jobs (professions, trades and disciplines) Swinburne

5 Text line Emerging ‘clean and green’ jobs & industries Swinburne Examples include: Electric & hybrid car design, manufacture and operation Develop /assess / install low energy lighting Carbon Farming Wind, solar, geothermal energy Water recycling Which jobs need ‘skills for sustainability’?

6 Text line Existing jobs that provide green outcomes Swinburne Examples include: Sustainable landscape design Building retrofits Construction of 6&7 star buildings HVAC – Install / upgrade/ maintain Reforestation Gas fired power station system operator Which jobs need ‘skills for sustainability’?

7 Text line All other jobs (professions, trades and disciplines) Swinburne Sustainable, resource efficient practices in: Hairdressing Sport & recreation Fine arts Finance Hospitality Nursing etc Which jobs need ‘skills for sustainability’?

8 Text line Skills implications? Swinburne

9 Text line Swinburne GSA – Revise Training Packages Education (knowledge and skills) about sustainability 1.Green technical skills 2.Skills for sustainability “bolted on” 3.Skills for sustainability “embedded” 4.Qualifications in sustainability

10 Text line 1. Green Technical skills Green Skills and Energy Efficiency Training Units (NSW Dept Education and Community) https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/forms_documents/industry_programs/workforce_develop ment/greenskills/bus_incent_units.pdf Energy and systems literacy? Swinburne

11 Text line 2. Skills for sustainability “bolted on” Sustainable, resource efficient practices Competency standards for sustainability  Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices (AQF II)  Implement & monitor environmentally sustainable work practices (AQF IV)  Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability (AQF V & VI) Core in all MSA, CPSISC, EE-Oz qualifications Swinburne

12 Text line 3. Skills for sustainability “embedded” Swinburne Analyse and apply sustainability skills to learning programs (TAESUS501A)

13 Text line 4. Sustainability-focussed qualifications Diploma of Sustainability (21645VIC) Voc Graduate Certificate in Sustainability (21545VIC) Diploma of Carbon Management (22059VIC) Certificate IV, Diploma and Vocational Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Operations (MSA) Certificate IV and Diploma Environmental Monitoring and Technology (MSA) Vocational Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management (MSA) Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia13 Swinburne

14 Text line Swinburne -Manufacturing Skills Australia (NEW) Sustainability site -TAFE NSW (NEW) Sustainability Hub -Sustainability Resources for Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (ALTC) -Sustainability Victoria – Resource Smart – Sust Courses -Go Green Sample Apprenticeship programs -AACC: The SEED (Sustainability Education and Economic Development) Centre -AASHE: Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Equivalent to ACTS Resources and support Swinburne

15 Text line Green skills Skills for sustainability Job Done ? Swinburne

16 Text line Swinburne GSA: Upskilling VET practitioners 1. Sector-specific green competencies

17 Text line Emerging ‘clean and green’ jobs & industries Existing jobs that provide green outcomes All other jobs (professions, trades and disciplines) Swinburne GSA: Upskilling VET practitioners The role of educators: mobilising skills into action

18 Text line Emerging ‘clean and green’ jobs & industries Existing jobs that provide green outcomes All other jobs (professions, trades and disciplines) Swinburne The role of educators: mobilising skills into action Education for Sustainability GSA: Upskilling VET practitioners

19 Text line Bendigo Advertiser the skills, attitudes and values needed for: Envisaging a better future Systems thinking Problem solving Critical thinking and reflection Education for sustainability Swinburne

20 Text line Professional Development for VET Practitioners TDC Professional Development Series “Integrating sustainability into teaching practice” NSW Sustainability workshops Voc Graduate Certificate in Education and Training for Sustainability (NCS Swinburne) Dip TAE10 Sustainability Skills Set >Analyse and apply sustainability skills to learning programs (TAESUS501A) >Identify and apply current sustainability education principles and practice to learning programs (TAESUS502A) Swinburne

21 Text line Unpacking the green skills challenge Conclusions 1. Green skills - embedded into training packages and qualifications  2. Enormous challenges for the next 8 years a) Equipping our teachers with: Technical green skills Capability in Education for Sustainability b) Equipping our students with A commitment to act on knowledge Energy literacy c) Training the existing workforce! Swinburne

22 Text line Thank you Garry McDonald National Centre for Sustainability Swinburne University of Technology Ph Swinburne

23 Text line One perspective on green jobs Low Carbon Growth Plan ClimateWorks Australia Swinburne

24 Text line Education about Sustainability Emerging ‘clean and green’ jobs & industries Existing jobs that provide green outcomes All other jobs (professions, trades and disciplines) Swinburne

25 Text line Low Carbon Growth Plan From ClimateWorks Australia Energy efficiency Land management Power generation Swinburne

26 Text line Solar PV

27 Text line (national) Green Skills Agreement Primary objectives: 1. Develop national standards for skills for sustainability instruction 2. Revise Training Packages to incorporate skills for sustainability 3. Upskill VET teachers and instructors to deliver skills for sustainability; and 4. Support vulnerable workers through the transition to a low carbon economy. Swinburne

28 Text line Low Carbon Growth Plan Lowest cost opportunities to reduce emissions by 249 Mt CO 2 e 1 From ClimateWorks Australia Cost to Society A$/tCO 2 e $$ 0 Mt CO 2 e Swinburne

29 Text line Voc Graduate Certificate in Education and Training for Sustainability It’s changed the way I view my role as an educator… I’ve gained a new motivation in my working life. I now believe I can make a real difference to the way we equip students to face complex societal problems in moving to a more sustainable future. As a result I feel like there is a huge amount of good that can be done. Miriam Downes Swinburne

30 Text line 30 National Centre for Sustainability Who are we? Established since 2003 as a Specialist Centre A collaboration of 6 institutions including:  Challenger TAFE (WA)  South West TAFE Institute (Vic)  Sunraysia TAFE Institute (Vic)  Swinburne University of Technology (Vic)  Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE (Qld)  University of Ballarat (Vic) Swinburne

31 Text line Australian policy drivers Australian policy framework for carbon and energy Kyoto and post-Kyoto emissions reductions targets Emissions Trading Scheme – carbon pricing Carbon Farming Initiative Building standards (6 star homes, etc) National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System (NGERS) Industry Energy Efficiency Programs (eg VEET) Mandatory Energy Performance Standards (EEO) Mandatory Disclosure (commercial & residential) Enhanced Renewable Energy Target (MRET) Clean Energy Initiative and Energy Technology Innovation Strategy Feed-in-tariffs Swinburne

32 Text line A sustainable living journey Swinburne

33 Text line The legacy? Swinburne


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