First shipbuilding scholarships awarded
The Naval Shipbuilding College congratulates the 12 successful recipients who secured scholarships to support the construction of the $3.5 billion Arafura-Class Offshore Patrol Vessels.
More than 40 applications were received for the Shipbuilding Education and Apprenticeship program, funded by prime contractor Luerssen Australia, along with shipbuilders ASC and Civmec.
The successful candidates come from the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia with each receiving $10,000 towards their study in naval shipbuilding-related fields.
Three of the 12 recipients will also undertake industry internships to gain hands-on experience.
Talent Acquisition Manager Gary Barker represented The Naval Shipbuilding College as one of the panellists who reviewed each application.
“The scholarship applicants were of an excellent standard,’’ Mr Barker said.
“Each person demonstrated enthusiasm to work in the naval shipbuilding enterprise which bodes well for the future of our sovereign industry capability.
“The College looks forward to further collaborating with industry to develop the next generation of workers that will help to build and sustain the Australian Navy’s future fleet.”
The program is administered by the Defence Teaming Centre and will help to build the talent pool required to implement the Commonwealth’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan.
More than 15,000 skilled and professional positions will be created to build and sustain naval assets including the Arafura-Class Offshore Patrol Vessels, Attack-Class Submarines and Hunter-Class Frigates.
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