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NAVAL SHIPBUILDING COLLEGE ON COURSE FOR SUCCESS

On the back of a successful first year, the Naval Shipbuilding College is forging ahead to support the nation’s naval shipbuilding workforce development.

The Australian Government established the College in April last year to develop a highly skilled workforce to deliver the $90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.

In its first 12 months the College has worked closely with government and industry in Australia to identify what jobs will be needed, when and where.

It has also established a national network of training and education providers that will produce job-ready graduates to fill the skilled and professional roles required.

To assist students and workers upskill and prepare for the opportunities ahead and connect them with future employers, the College launched a national Workforce Register.

More than 800 people have already registered, potentially to work on some of the world’s most technologically advanced projects including the Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels, Hunter class Frigates and Attack class Submarines.

Program Director Bill Docalovich said the College had made significant progress.
“Our success is reliant on collaboration with all our stakeholders in industry and education and we thank them for their ongoing support,” Mr Docalovich said.

“Over the past 12 months our training experts have examined and endorsed courses throughout Australia, ensuring students graduate with the skills required for naval shipbuilding.

“This included the development of an innovative and highly specialised confined spaces welding program that has been rolled out to training providers in South Australia and Queensland.

“Our team has hit the careers exhibition circuit across Australia and through key partnerships we are ensuring a diverse workforce is developed by encouraging participation from women, first Australians, people from culturally and linguistically diverse background and veterans.

“We are continuing to work hard in every state and territory to elevate naval shipbuilding as a career of choice.’’

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