Explore your options

You’re coming to the pointy end of your school days and looking towards what you will be doing when you leave. It’s around about now that the pressure is on to make subject and career pathway choices.

Keep your mind open!

Perhaps you see university as the gateway to a well-paid and satisfying career; and for some of you it will be. But keep your mind open and explore your options. There are plenty more pathways into a satisfying career than university, and many with better job prospects at the end.

With industry growing and technology advancing, Australia is facing a major skills shortage. That means there are more opportunities out there than you have imagined.

The demand for skills

There are skilled and exciting jobs that are in demand right now and they will be in high demand into the future. Traineeships, Apprenticeships and Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs will give you the hands-on experience and skills to get into these jobs – and you’ll be paid along the way.

The defence industry is just one of Australia’s expanding industries to get excited about. The National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise is responsible for building our latest ships and submarines. It’s a big job, and they’re calling out for skilled workers in major companies and small to medium enterprise throughout Australia.

So, whether you have a few years of school left, or you’re about to graduate – it’s a great time! 15,000 skilled and professional jobs are being created to build and sustain the Australian Navy’s future fleet.

With a diversity of roles available, you could find yourself working on some of the most technologically advanced projects in the world, including the Attack Class Submarines and Hunter Class Frigates.

Take a look at the 10 PRIORITY JOBS they will need over the next few years.

  • Welding Operations Tradesperson
  • Heavy Fabrication Tradesperson
  •  Light Fabrication Tradesperson
  •  Piping Operations Tradesperson
  • Electrical Operations Tradesperson
  • Purchasing Officer
  • Designer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Software Engineer

Get your teacher to share  ‘Naval Shipbuilding’ in the DEFENCE INDUSTRY module of Work-Ready with your class, for links to more information on these priority jobs.

Naval Shipbuilding College (NSC) Workforce Register

The NSC has partnered with Australian industry, universities, TAFE, and other training institutions to develop training programs to skill their future workforce.

If you’re interested in getting into an apprenticeship or a career in the industry, jump on to the Workforce Register. Not only will you stay up to date with industry happenings, you will also get to speak with a Candidate Engagement Consultant about a career pathway to suit you.


If you’re keen on kicking off your career in an exciting industry… the Naval Shipbuilding College can help you to explore the training and education pathways available.