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Collaboration to support WA shipbuilding job surge

Edith Cowan University and South Metropolitan TAFE have partnered with the Naval Shipbuilding College to ensure Western Australian graduates are ready to seize future jobs.

They will join a network of prominent education and training providers across Australia that deliver courses aligned with the future employment needs of the naval shipbuilding industry.

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This includes mechanical and electrical engineering degrees at Edith Cowan University and South Metropolitan TAFE’s Certificate III in Engineering-Fabrication Trade (welding component). 

Naval Shipbuilding College deputy program manager Duncan Powrie said the college’s expansion into Western Australia continues at pace.

"We are rapidly establishing endorsed courses throughout every state and territory, which means more students will graduate job-ready for naval shipbuilding. Through collaboration we are strengthening student pathways into rewarding, long-term, sustainable shipbuilding careers in Western Australia," Powrie said.

"Fifteen thousand skilled and professional jobs will be created on the back of unprecedented growth within Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise. Shipbuilding, supply and sustainment businesses in the west are delighted to see their highly skilled future workforce taking shape."

Edith Cowan University School of Engineering executive dean Professor Daryoush Habibi said the partnership with the Naval Shipbuilding College is strategic and in tune with the strong alignment of the Edith Cowan University’s engineering programs with industry.  

"The partnership will ensure that Edith Cowan University engineering graduates will be well positioned for the large number of job vacancies that will be created as a result of the growth in the shipbuilding industry," Professor Habibi explained. 

South Metropolitan TAFE managing director Terry Durant said her organisation is committed to the partnership with the Naval Shipbuilding College, and to providing high-quality training and pathways into shipbuilding careers for students.

"The new South Metropolitan TAFE Naval Base Campus, will house the training delivery for heavy fabrication, marine fabrication, welding and composite apprenticeship training with a significant focus on Western Australia’s growing shipbuilding industry," Durant said. 

"I’m pleased that the Naval Shipbuilding College is now co-located at our new facility, which is in close proximity to the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, and will provide mutual benefit for the partnership."

Naval shipbuilding in WA will continue to ramp up with the construction of Arafura Class offshore patrol vessels in late 2020 at Henderson and ongoing sustainment programs.

The Australian government established the Naval Shipbuilding College in 2018 to help secure a sovereign workforce to implement its $90 billion continuous shipbuilding program.

A national naval shipbuilding Workforce Register has been established for students or workers interested in working on some of the world’s most technologically advanced projects. For information or to register for shipbuilding jobs, visit: www.navalshipbuildingcollege.com.au 

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