In a first for the biennial event, the College will host a STEMulation Trail for secondary and tertiary students from throughout Australia, where they’ll engage directly with industry mentors about the jobs of the future, and identify potential training and education pathways.
The Trail is supported by industry partners including ASC, BAE Systems Australia/ASC Shipbuilding, Lockheed Martin Australia, Luerssen Australia, Naval Group Australia and SAAB Australia.
The College will also reveal a cutting edge, augmented reality exhibit which offers delegates an opportunity to interact with 3D models of the Attack class submarine, Hunter class frigate and Arafura class offshore patrol vessel.
It highlights the skilled and high-tech priority jobs that will be generated throughout the national Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise and maps out how Australians can upskill to become job-ready.
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships Steve Irons has also been announced as the key note speaker at the Naval Shipbuilding College’s National Skilling Breakfast.
He will be joined by the College’s Chief Executive Ian Irving, to address leaders from Defence, defence industry, government, education and training providers on the issue of ‘Skilling Our Naval Shipbuilding Workforce’.
“The Australian Government’s $90 billion investment into a continuous national Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise has provided an unprecedented workforce development opportunity,’’ Mr Irving said.
“The College is working closely with Primes and the thriving small to medium enterprises in every state and territory to identify, attract, develop and retain an Australian workforce.
“We’re committed to elevating naval shipbuilding as a career of choice for Australians.”
The College will hold a Community of Practice forum to discuss the next generation technologies which are transforming welding training. It will also co-present with TAFE NSW and the Australian Maritime College on the direction of Australia’s Future Workforce.
More than 1500 Australians have already joined the College’s national Workforce Register that enables first time entrants, people transitioning from adjacent industries or upskilling within the industry to connect with employers or education and training providers so that they are job-ready.
Contact: Naval Shipbuilding College’s Matt Neagle on 0408 207 256.