WA TAFE trade program endorsed for naval shipbuilding
Its Certificate III Engineering-Fabrication Trade program has been endorsed by the College for providing students with the skills they need to build Australia’s new high-tech naval fleet.
About 15,000 jobs will support the Australian Government’s $90 billion National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said attracting the next generation of highly-skilled workers is one of the Australian Government’s highest priorities.
“We created the Naval Shipbuilding College to drive growth in our defence industry and ensure education providers are producing job-ready graduates ready to step into the workforce,” Minister Price said.
“For young people in Western Australia, our generational Naval Shipbuilding Plan presents an exciting opportunity for long-term careers in our national shipbuilding industry.”
Chief Executive of the College Ian Irving said the endorsement process will help ensure consistency in delivery across training and education providers nationally.
“The welding and fabrication trades have been identified by industry as priority roles for naval shipbuilding and sustainment contractors,” Mr Irving said.
“SM TAFE’s commitment to continue to incorporate the most appropriate method for improving shipbuilding fabrication and welding skills is recognised by the College.
“Industry acknowledge that graduates of College endorsed programs of study are job-ready for opportunities within the Enterprise across Australia.’’
The College will continue to collaborate with prime shipbuilding contractors, supply chain partners and the educational and training sector to ensure a skilled and diverse workforce is available when required.
Terry Durant, SM TAFE Managing Director said SM TAFE has extensive experience delivering training and workforce development for the defence industry in Western Australia (WA).
“We have further demonstrated our capability with the recent College endorsement of the Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade,’’ she said.
“SM TAFE is committed to ensuring WA has the workforce and skill base to support current and future defence programs. WA is well placed strategically to support national defence programs.’’
WA is currently building 21 Guardian Class Patrol Boats and will commence construction of 10 Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels in March 2020.
The College operates a national Workforce Register for first time entrants, people transitioning from adjacent industries or those wishing to upskill.
Once registered candidates receive tailored advice on which education and training pathways can help them to upskill and secure a meaningful a career in Australia’s growing naval shipbuilding industry, or they may be referred to potential employers across Australia.