There was great fanfare earlier this month when Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne, officially launched the Naval Shipbuilding College. Representatives from educational institutions and defence industry groups such as BAE Systems Australia and Naval Group Australia attended, and the fanfare was understandable considering the growth and opportunity promised by Australia’s $90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Program.
A college like no other!
But let’s get it straight – the College is no bricks and mortar deal chained to one particular city or state. Although based in Osborne, South Australia, its reach spans the continent. The College connects students interested in a career in our shipbuilding industry, with suitable training providers and educational institutions throughout Australia.
In a nutshell, here’s how it works.
A strategic partnership
The Naval Shipbuilding College is a partnership of Australian universities, TAFEs, training institutions and industry, working together to align credited training and educational programs with the future needs of the naval shipbuilding industry.
|Naval Shipbuilding College partners include:
The Australian Maritime College Launceston, TAFE SA, South Metropolitan TAFE WA, AiGroup, Manpower Group, PwC, Defence Teaming Centre, Defence Industry Educational Skills Consortium, Indigenous Defence Consortium, UNISA, University of Adelaide, RMIT, Edith Cowan
A National Workforce Register
The College provides a National Workforce Register for interested students and current workers wanting to upskill and be a part of the growing shipbuilding industry. Once people have registered their interest, the college provides assistance, advice and direction towards suitable education and training, and employment within the industry.
A range of exciting opportunities for years to come
Between our current fleet, and with future frigates, submarines and offshore patrol vessels on the menu; building and sustaining Australia’s naval capabilities will be no mean feat! It’s going to involve over 15000 direct and indirect jobs in the years to come.
Needless to say, graduates of the College will have a diverse range of work and career opportunities in everything from trades, project management, IT and engineering, right through to boardroom positions.
Australia’s Sovereign Defence Capability
The Naval Shipbuilding Program is part of building an appropriately skilled defence industry workforce and developing Australia’s sovereign capability!
The $200billion government commitment to defence industries was designed to invigorate Australia’s advanced manufacturing capability. With that comes the opportunity to develop our sovereign defence capability, that is, to protect us instead of being entirely dependent on another country to do so. In the future, instead of purchasing from overseas, we might just be capable of building and developing what we need on our own shores. That could be anything from ships to boots to intelligence systems!
Defence Industry and Work-Ready
News of this kind of opportunity is the kind of thing we get excited about at Work-Ready. That’s why we are teaming up with the defence industry on a new venture.
Our dedicated Defence industry publication will provide an ongoing dialogue between the industry, educators and students. It will have greater impact than a poster on a classroom wall, or a brief conversation and a clutch of pamphlets at a careers expo ever could.
Due out in 2019, it’s designed for teacher use in the classroom, to help students investigate the many career opportunities and work options available in the industry. It will explain the skills and attitudes required for successful employment as well as developing strategies for finding employment.
There will also be opportunities for educators, students and their parents to connect with industry programs and events. So watch this space. 2019 is going to be a big year!
Encourage your students to explore the Naval Shipbuilding College website. They might just find something that excites them!
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Australian Government Business, Introduction to the defence industry