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Shipbuilding College, Naval, BAE and TAFE launch shipbuilding program

The federal government revealed a new joint training program to bolster Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding industry.

The federal government revealed a new joint training program to bolster Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding industry.

The federal government has unveiled a new joint training program between some of the nation's largest shipbuilding enterprises to support Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding industry, dubbed The Designer Traineeship.

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The traineeship is a joint initiative between the government’s Naval Shipbuilding College, Naval Group Australia, BAE Systems Maritime Australia and TAFE South Australia.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price outlined that the traineeship will afford the opportunity for participants to undertake hands-on work placements, with the supporting enterprises offering training, mentoring and coaching.

Following the completion of the course, some participants may receive the opportunity to work alongside Naval Group in France.

“The trainees will have the opportunity to get both study and work experience, while obtaining a shipbuilding Diploma of Engineering – Technical,” Minister Price said.

“I’m proud that our Naval Shipbuilding College and TAFE SA are supporting the joint venture by designing the program, a training plan and providing specific shipbuilding context to the course material.

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“With the current lack of shipbuilding design work in Australia, this initiative will help develop the skill sets of naval shipbuilding designers through cooperation with a range of experienced shipbuilding companies.

“By 2030, Australia’s continuous shipbuilding sector will support 15,000 workers across the nation.”

[Related: Defence opens shipbuilding pathway for displaced workers]

Shipbuilding College, Naval, BAE and TAFE launch shipbuilding program
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