Universities grow jobs in a Clean Energy Future
Businesses aren’t the only ones benefiting from new opportunities under the Government’s Clean Energy Future plan.
Universities around Australia are also gearing up to take advantage of student demand for skills and training in the jobs of the future.
The Diploma of Carbon Management (DoCM) at Swinburne University is one such course offering students career opportunities in carbon auditing, design and implementation of carbon management plans, workplace behavioural change and risk assessment.
‘Our students are typically already engaged in the workforce but are looking to diversify and take advantage of opportunities in these new and emerging areas,’ said Tony Hodgson, a teacher of Carbon Management at Swinburne.
‘Graduates may find themselves working in environmental and risk management positions, as sustainability and climate change consultants to business or government, or even providing professional services in carbon accounting to emissions intensive industries.’
Mr Hodgson cited the example of one student working for a German-based printing company, who put his skills to good use by calculating the emissions intensity of the printers being sold in Australia.
‘By applying the tools and techniques learned during the course, he introduced a whole new aspect to the portfolio of services offered by the company’s Australian branch,’ he said.
‘The company adopted his ideas and now provides professional carbon auditing services to other businesses and organisations wanting to reduce their energy use.’
Offered since 2010 as a face-to-face course of study and also now available online, the Diploma prepares graduates to undertake diverse roles in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
More information about the Diploma of Carbon Management and a range of other courses offered is available from Swinburne University of Technology.