More than 300 Australian and international experts will converge on Geelong this week for the inaugural Navy, Industry and Academia Training Conference.
It brings together training professionals and thought leaders from across Defence, industry, education and training providers to create innovative workforce development solutions.
The two-day NIA Conference will be held at Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus on May 28 and 29.
Participants will engage in big idea pitching and presentations for innovative approaches to training and practical activities focused on learning theory, training delivery and the use of training technology.
Rear Admiral Peter Quinn, RAN, Head Navy Capability, who will open the event, said the $90 billion investment into strengthening Australia’s future fleet was more than producing some of the world’s most advanced vessels.
“The level of collaboration between academia, navy and industry will be the barometer by which the success of the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise will be measured,’’ he said.
“A crucial element of sovereign capability is ensuring Australians have access to training which provides them with the skills required to enter and advance in the naval shipbuilding industry.
“The effectiveness of the Royal Australian Navy will be reliant on a highly skilled and innovative workforce to build and sustain our new naval vessels.
“These skilled workers will be an invaluable resource for Australia and will play an important role in transferring that knowledge to the next generation labour force.’’
Naval Shipbuilding College Training Solutions Manager Nick Howie said NIA will examine the College’s integral role in supporting the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.
“The rapid technological advancements in the construction and operation of ships and submarines will provide new opportunities for Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry,’’ he said.
“Today we have brought together leaders from navy, academia and industry to place our feet on the path towards the future of naval shipbuilding.
“Australia is positioned to lead the world in the integration of new technologies into the next generation fleet of the Royal Australian Navy.
“The continuous Naval Shipbuilding Plan will drive technology and innovation in Australian industry throughout the 21st century.’’