Naval Group Australia has signed a training initiative with ASC that will see the first three apprentices selected to join the submarine building workforce from January next year.
The initiative was signed under the framework agreement that the two companies committed to earlier in 2019, and will see the integration of Naval Group Australia apprentices into ASC’s highly-competitive four-year fabrication apprenticeship program working on the Collins Class submarine program.
ASC has over 30 years experience in training welders to the highest standard required for the demanding work of submarine hull steel welding.
John Davis, Naval Group Australia chief executive, said the training agreement was a sign of the strong relationship between Naval Group Australia and ASC.
“The framework agreement is a unique and collaborative approach that bridges the Collins Class sustainment and Future Submarine Program to provide a stronger and more effective sovereign submarine enterprise to design, build and sustain submarines in Australia,” said Davis.
“This initiative will provide apprentices with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from the best Australian and French minds in submarine design, build and sustainment.”
ASC chief executive Stuart Whiley welcomed the training program as the first under the framework agreement.
“During their time at ASC, apprentices will be exposed to over 30 years of experience, lessons learnt and a safety culture developed through the construction and sustainment of the Collins Class,” said Whiley.
Davis said, “The apprentices will join a high-performance submarine production environment in ASC which is delivering submarine availability to the Royal Australian Navy at beyond international benchmarks.”
Naval Group Australia will lead the recruitment of the apprentices and will collaborate with ASC during the interview process to “ensure those hired have the appropriate skills and values demanded of submarine fabrication”.
The first intake of three apprentices will commence training with ASC in January 2020 for the four-year program.