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Winton Solar Farm seeking local candidates for new solar roles.

June 9, 2020

Qualified workers from Benalla, Wangaratta and surrounds are invited to apply for new roles currently being advertised by the developers of the 85-megawatt (MW) Winton Solar Farm. Construction works at the solar farm commenced in February – with around 50 personnel already onsite to oversee preliminary site works. When complete, the solar farm, three kilometres from Winton, will supply enough clean energy to power over 50,000 homes. Current advertised roles include:

• Mechanical Supervisor
• Quality Assurance inspectors (x 2)
• Civil Supervisor
• Electrical Supervisor
• Solar installer/labourers.
• Truck driver
• Telehandler Operator
• Plant Operator
• A-Grade Electricians
• Trade Assistance
• Storeman
• Forklift driver.

Successful candidates will be offered opportunity to take on a variety of tasks during the construction project, which is expected to take 12 months.

A spokesperson for FRV Services Australia, the project’s owner, said workers joining the onsite team would also gain valuable experience in large-scale solar construction – equipping them with ‘highly-transferable’ skills that could see them move on to work on other solar farm projects proposed for the region.

“Solar projects like Winton Solar Farm will help grow North East regional economy by creating new job opportunities and will hopefully create a long-term, sustainable industry that residents can be proud of.

“Those that do secure a job on this project will be working alongside seasoned solar professionals – so the opportunity to learn firsthand and gain new skills will be tremendous. “Experience in ‘green jobs’ like those that we are advertising looks set to grow in future as we transition to a cleaner, more affordable energy system”.

The project is also looking to provide training opportunities, having also recently recruited roles for an electrical apprentice and a business administration trainee.

Winton Solar Farm’s principal contractor, Gransolar, is offering opportunities for engineering cadets and apprentices in Mechanical, Fitter and Turning or Electrical works. Those interested in applying for roles can find out more by visiting the North East jobs network website

The Media Release can be downloaded here.

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