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Naval Group announces plan to double SA workforce

The prime contractor for the Future Submarines program has launched a new jobs campaign, aimed at doubling its South Australian workforce over the next 12 months.

The prime contractor for the Future Submarines program has launched a new jobs campaign, aimed at doubling its South Australian workforce over the next 12 months.

Naval Group Australia has announced plans to expand its local workforce, launching a new jobs campaign targeted at encouraging local workers to support its Future Submarines program.


The firm is set to invite applicants from a range of disciplines, including software developers and cyber security, drafters, welders, ICT professionals, fabrication supervisors, procurement, legal, commercial and finance professionals, and engineers specialising in the fields of electrical, mechanical, production and integrated logistics support.

The shipbuilding firm, which currently employs over 250 people at its Keswick and Port Adelaide offices, aims to add 100 employees to its South Australia-based workforce by April 2021, before doubling it by the end of 2021.

According to Naval Group, the ‘sub what you do’ campaign is set to run across social and traditional media, inviting interested candidates to change careers and ‘build a submarine instead’.

Naval Group Australia CEO John Davis said the firm was seeking a range of trade and professional skills to support the construction of the Attack Class submarines, adding that those new to the defence industry could add value to the project.

"Designing and building Australia’s 12 Attack Class submarines is one of the most significant undertakings in our nation’s history,” Davis said.


“We need Australians from right across the country to ‘sub what they do’ and become part of delivering this unique and exciting capability to Australia.

“We are offering great jobs that will turn into remarkable careers. You may have never imagined yourself working in defence, but we want you.”

Davis continued, “You don’t have to be a member of the armed forces, or someone wearing high vis. We already employ everyone from apprentice welders and human resources professionals to computer software technicians and engineers.

“We have many of the functions that you would associate with any other business, plus the unmatchable excitement of building a submarine.”

The Naval Group CEO observed that a graduate interested in supporting the project could spend their entire working life with the firm, retiring upon the delivery of the last Attack Class submarine, expected in 2054.

“Come and join us on this exceptional and rewarding adventure,” he added.

Naval Group Australia expects to employ approximately 1,700 people directly by 2028 and help create hundreds of additional jobs via the manufacturing supply chain supporting the project.

 [Related: Naval Group confirms leadership reshuffle amid subs controversy]

Naval Group announces plan to double SA workforce
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