The state of Victoria has invested almost 2 million AUD in a new pilot programme to upskill diesel bus mechanics and transport technicians to work on zero-emission electric buses.

The programme will prepare the state’s transport services to deliver clean energy solutions and operate zero-emissions buses, furthering Victoria’s aim of halving its emissions by 2030.

Minister for Public Transport, Ben Carroll, said:

Electric and Zero Emissions Vehicles are the future of transport, and this program will support our commitment that from 2025 every new bus on our public transport network is zero emissions.

The Victorian Government is is on track to deploy 36 zero and low emission buses across Melbourne by 2025

The Andrews Labor Government’s new pilot course will be led by the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and delivered by Bendigo Kangan Institute, a technical and further education provider. The programme will collaborate with four major Victorian bus companies to enable mechanics and transport technicians to enhance their skills with accredited training.

The programme is funded through the Government’s Workforce Training Innovation Fund.

Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney, said:

This is another example of how we are spearheading training and skills opportunities for Victorians – giving expert Victorian mechanics and technicians the chance to upskill and contribute to our growing clean, green workforce.

The four bus companies Dysons, Transdev, Ventura and CDC Victoria will assist with the development of the course. Once it is endorsed by the sector, the course will be made available to all Victorian bus operators to help them transition to zero-emission buses.


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