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ASC apprenticeship applications for 2019 spark strong interest

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Riley Chaplin, ASC Submarine Apprentice (Source supplied)

Apprenticeship applications with Australian submarine builder and maintainer ASC have now opened, offering the opportunity to work on Australia’s front line submarines and in the nations booming shipbuilding sector for decades to come. 

ASC will appoint approximately 12 new apprentices across electrical, fabrication (welding) and mechanical trades from February next year at its South Australian and Western Australian submarine sites, with applications closing 26 August. 


"This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in the future of Australian submarine building and the expanding naval shipbuilding industry in Australia," said ASC chief executive Stuart Whiley.

ASC is one of South Australia’s largest employers and most thorough trainers of apprentices, currently employing 67 across its submarine maintenance and shipbuilding.

All applicants should have their secondary certificate or be currently undertaking this with good results in maths, English, science (physics/chemistry), and/or technical studies. 

ASC looks for key attributes, including: 



  • An interest in the selected trade through demonstrated work experience, project work at home and any relevant hobby/interests;
  • A desire to learn a range of new skills associated with the trade;
  • A commitment to self development; and
  • A commitment to quality and attention to detail. 

ASC apprenticeships are completed at a more than 95 per cent rate and lead to permanent, full-time employment. ASC has experienced strong interest since the applications were opened, with large engagement on social media and web platforms.

Apprentices can look forward to working on highly challenging assignments on Australia’s operational submarines, among the most complex military equipment currently maintained in Australia.

Whiley said ASC’s next apprentice intake will gain a huge range of experience across the four-year program to 2023. ASC is a recognised centre of excellence in trade training and innovation, recognised regularly with awards from engineering, industry and trade organisations.   

ASC, as part of improvements and innovations it implemented in submarine deep maintenance in recent years, routinely cuts the hulls of submarines, removing large pieces of equipment, including engines and motors, for refurbishment in specialist workshops. The hulls are later re-welded.

"Our next intake of apprentices will receive thorough training in maintaining the current Collins Class fleet and, if they stay with the company, will get the opportunity to work on the build of the Future Submarine fleet in coming years," said Whiley.  

To ensure that the company's welders meet ASC's quality standards, ASC implements a range of welding techniques and runs a welding school at ASC North, which insure that the company continues to deliver high tensile, low carbon submarine hull steel. 

All applicants must also be eligible to obtain an Australian Department of Defence Security clearance. Applications for the submarine apprenticeships can be submitted here and close Sunday, 26 August. 

Initially established in 1985, ASC was subsequently chosen in 1987 as the prime contractor for the design, manufacture and delivery of the Royal Australian Navy's fleet of Collins Class submarines. 

In 2005, ASC was awarded the role of shipbuilder for the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer project. These are the most advanced and complex warships ever built in Australia and are being constructed at ASC's state-of-the art shipbuilding facility, ASC South, located at Osborne, SA.

ASC apprenticeship applications for 2019 spark strong interest
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