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Defence awards swathe of new shipbuilding scholarships

The federal government has sponsored the education of a further 40 engineering students as part of its push to grow the naval shipbuilding workforce.

The federal government has sponsored the education of a further 40 engineering students as part of its push to grow the naval shipbuilding workforce.

The Commonwealth government has awarded an additional 40 scholarships to engineering students from the Queensland University of Technology and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology via the National Naval Shipbuilding Pipeline Scholarship program.

The program, which is supported by the Naval Shipbuilding College, also aims to provide students with work placement and mentoring opportunities.

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Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said the program would help ensure Australians could capitalise on jobs growth generated by Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.

“Recipients of the scholarship pilot program will be supported to study various engineering disciplines that will be in high demand as our naval shipbuilding program ramps up,” Minister Price said.

“The National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise is a hugely ambitious, nation-building project, which will support 15,000 jobs across Australia.

“We must equip our future workforce with the skills required for a long and successful career in the shipbuilding industry while they’re still studying.”

The latest wave of scholarship recipients join 32 other students already participating in the program.

The students specialise in a range of disciplines, including computer and software systems, mechatronics, and mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.

“Scholarship recipients have a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Australia’s defence industry and learn practical skills from engineers who are currently working on shipbuilding projects,” Minister Price added.

“We have already seen fantastic support from industry, with 12 companies across the country working with the Naval Shipbuilding College to support work placements for 32 previous recipients over the 2020 summer break.”

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