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ASC celebrates IWD by checking in with first female apprentice, now team lead

ASC celebrated International Women’s Day by touching base with their first female apprentice, who now works as a team lead.

ASC celebrated International Women’s Day by touching base with their first female apprentice, who now works as a team lead.

ASC celebrated International Women’s Day by touching base with their first female apprentice, who now works as an acting superintendent overseeing maintenance on the Collins Class submarine.

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The former apprentice, Debbie Spence, has returned to work at ASC as a team lead after having had her second child. Spence qualified in her trade in 2007.

“I wanted to get back into a production area in a leadership role, and ASC was helpful in terms of flexible work hours, part-time hours, so that I could get back to doing what I loved – being on the shop floor, on the tools,” said Ms Spence.

Chief executive of ASC Stuart Whiley expressed the importance that workplace diversity will continue to play in the submarine industry.

“At ASC we are building on our programs that support and embrace diversity at all levels. We want to ensure every employee is empowered to reach their full potential, and that every potential employee feels confident in the support they can expect from us as a future employer,” said Whiley.

“At ASC we encourage women to chase their dreams and pursue careers in all areas of our business. These opportunities range from production roles to positions in design, technical engineering, corporate support, safety, environment, supply, logistics and more.”

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