Work is underway on the new hydrogen training hub building at Gladstone State High School, where the Hydrogen Gateway to Industry Schools Program (GISP) will support students with education and experience related to the hydrogen industry.
More than 2,000 Queensland students will benefit over the next three years, thanks to more than $800,000 in funding from the Queensland Government.
Students at Gladstone State High School and Trinity College that participate in the Hydrogen GISP will be exposed to a range of learning experiences to assist them in their career choices and self-select pathways to employment.
From production, to engineering, to storage to distribution and exporting, the program offers various opportunities for schools to become involved.
Queensland Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development, Di Farmer, visited Gladstone State High School on 5 May 2023, and said creating an environment where young Queenslanders can work and thrive in the workforce is vital.
“Not only does it help build the economy, it creates vibrant communities, with a strong, diverse and skilled workforce,” Ms Farmer said.
“Hydrogen is a huge industry and this massive opportunity is not to be missed. We have the potential to be a hydrogen superpower and Gladstone will be a big part of that.”
Queensland Minister for Regional Development and Manufacturing and the Member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher, said he is proud to have two participating schools in the Gladstone region in the Hydrogen GISP program and that these students will have the opportunity to find a great and satisfying career pathway in the hydrogen industry.
“The Queensland Government is investing significantly in delivering high quality training and creating an exciting career pathway for Gladstone school students,” Mr Butcher said.
“The GISP program plays an important role in delivering on the needs of Gladstone and it also allows the Queensland Government to continue our delivery of the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan, supporting nearly 100,000 more jobs.”
The broader Gateway Industry to Schools program takes in industries including aerospace, advanced manufacturing, health, screen and media, agribusiness and more.
The Gateway Industry to Schools Partnership expansion to include hydrogen complements the Queensland Government’s $50 million investment in hydrogen and renewable energy training infrastructure as Queensland’s hydrogen industry is expected to grow by $19 billion, creating an additional 4,350 jobs by 2040.