Ten additional Naval Group employees will leave Australia to undergo training in France over the next fortnight.
Ten additional Naval Group employees have been selected to undergo additional training in Cherbourg, France, over the next fortnight, bringing the total number of Australians undertaking Naval's training in its French facilities to 50. It is hoped that the training will allow the employees to gain enhanced skills and training in support of Australia’s submarine industry.
According to a statement made by the company, the training program will form part of the Strategic Partnering Agreement between the Commonwealth and Naval, with the training specifically oriented towards Australia’s submarine program. It is expected that the staff who have been selected to undergo the additional training will live in France for up to three years.
John Davis, chief executive of Naval Group, commented that the staff training will support Australia’s sovereign capabilities in the submarine industry.
“This is just one of the fantastic opportunities which exists for Australian workers as part of an Attack Class submarine project, which is creating hundreds of rewarding local jobs,” Davis said.
“The Australians who are going to France as part of this placement program will be learning about the application of advanced technologies from some of the world’s top submarine experts.
“They will return home with the know-how and know-why of what is required to deliver 12 new and advanced submarines for Australia, and be able to share that knowledge with colleagues here.
“We will build regionally-superior submarines for Australia by ensuring the nation has the skills it needs to be at the cutting edge of design and innovation for decades to come.”
Pierre Eric Pommellet, global chief executive of Naval Group, outlined that the knowledge transfer will help Australia’s submarine supply chain.
“So much progress is being made on the Attack Class project, from the construction of a new and modern shipyard to the deepening engagement with local supply chain businesses,” Pommellet said.
“But there is still much more to come. These Australians are pioneers in a project that will bring 50 years of benefits to their country, and deliver important sovereign submarine capabilities.”
At this time, some 2,000 Australian businesses have expressed interest in working with Naval Group via the company’s Naval Group Australia Industry Capability Network website.