The Victorian Government has supported long-term jobseekers into meaningful employment during the construction of a new solar farm in the state’s North-West.
The Beon Energy Solutions site at Yatpool, 25 kilometres south of Mildura, is nearing completion and incorporates 350,000 solar panels across 100 hectares, with the capacity to generate power to supply about 40,000 homes.
The project has created more than 190 jobs for Sunraysia, including more than 45 jobseekers supported into work by Jobs Victoria services – which assist those facing barriers to employment through tailored programs and matches them to the right employer.
Jobs Victoria focuses on ensuring people have the right support to get job-ready and among the crew at Yatpool are 15 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers and 11 refugees and people who have sought asylum.
The Beon Energy initiative has been a partnership between Jobs Victoria and the Mildura Rural City Council Community Employment Program, with support from recruitment agency Chandler Macleod.
The Yatpool solar farm is nearing completion, with all solar panels installed, electrical works almost signed off and commissioning under way.