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TAFE NSW strengthens pathways to naval shipbuilding jobs

TAFE NSW has confirmed a partnership with the Naval Shipbuilding College to support more people to secure careers in the rapidly expanding naval shipbuilding, supply and sustainment industries.

It’s the first organisation in the state to pursue course endorsement from the Naval Shipbuilding College.

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Students who successfully complete the Certificate III in Engineering-Fabrication Trade (welding component) will now be acknowledged by the naval shipbuilding industry as being ‘job ready.’

TAFE NSW also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Naval Shipbuilding College Thursday at the Garden Island Naval Precinct, in front of Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Dr Geoff Lee and NSW defence advocate Air Marshal (Ret'd) John Harvey, AM.

Naval Shipbuilding College program director Bill Docalovich said the agreement would boost collaboration to develop a national shipbuilding education and training competency framework.

"This is great news for New South Wales students who will undertake training that directly aligns with the future needs of the growing naval shipbuilding industry," Docalovich said. 

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"We need people from New South Wales to step up and fill some of the 15,000 skilled and professional jobs to build and sustain our future fleet, including the technologically advanced Attack Class submarines, Hunter Class frigates and Arafura Class offshore patrol vessels."

Dr Lee said that he was proud that TAFE NSW was the first organisation in the state to pursue course endorsement from the Naval Shipbuilding College, firming its reputation as a world-class vocational education and training provider.

"We’re proud to be partnering with the Naval Shipbuilding College to help deliver the skilled naval shipbuilding workforce Australia needs now and into the future. TAFE NSW is working collaboratively with industry to provide students with the high quality, practical training they need to be job ready," Dr Lee said. 

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

A national Workforce Register has been established for potential candidates interested in being involved in Australia’s revitalised shipbuilding, supply and sustainment industries.

NSW Defence Advocate Air Marshal (Retd) John Harvey AM said the naval presence in Sydney, which is home port to nearly half of the fleet, contributes over $1.8 billion annually to the economy and already supports over 12,000 jobs.

“It’s critical that we continue to attract skilled workers to the naval shipbuilding industry, particularly to support the vital naval sustainment work carried out in the Garden Island Defence Precinct.

“The NSW Government and Defence NSW are committed to promoting defence industry career pathways and the TAFE NSW MoU with the Naval Shipbuilding College will serve to fill a gap in the NSW training pipeline for skilled dockyard workers.”

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