In late March Wellington High School played host to the Renewable Energy Forum, an initiative organised by the NSW Department of Education

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Aimed at Year 10 students from secondary schools within the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone (REZ), the forum showcased the variety of exciting career pathways on offer within the renewable energy sector.

The forum, held with the support of Squadron Energy, Australia’s leading renewable energy company, facilitated direct connections between employers and students, with a focus on generating awareness of the projects underway in the Central-West Orana REZ.

Squadron Energy’s Executive General Manager People and Sustainability Kate Sykes said forums like these are a valuable way to speak to local students to highlight the careers on offer in the renewables industry.

“We are always looking at ways to develop stronger links to the communities where our projects are based. From the project development phase, through to construction and operations, it’s vital that students from across the region can connect directly with employers to hear about the exciting roles on offer on projects in their local community.”


Squadron Energy has an existing footprint in the region, with early construction underway at Uungula Wind Farm, located on Wiradjuri Country, 14km east of Wellington. As well the proposed Spicers Creek Wind Farm which is west of Gulgong and north east of Wellington, within the Central-West Orana REZ.

Recognising the importance of engaging with and respecting First Nations communities, Squadron Energy also facilitated a Yarning Circle at the forum which included First Nations students from the Clontarf Academy and National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy.

Squadron Energy’s First Nations Engagement Facilitator, Justin Toomey-White, who grew up in Wellington, said this approach demonstrated Squadron Energy’s focus on fostering stronger engagement with First Nations communities.

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“By actively involving Aboriginal students in discussions about renewable energy, the forum not only promoted career opportunities but also highlighted the potential for renewable energy projects to positively impact First Nations communities."

School based events like the Renewable Energy Forum play a crucial role to provide students with firsthand exposure to the possibilities the sector offers, particularly on projects within their local community.


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