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ASC launches new apprenticeship drive

ASC launches new apprenticeship drive

ASC has opened applications to hire more than 25 new apprentices for roles in South Australia and Western Australia.

ASC has opened applications to hire more than 25 new apprentices for roles in South Australia and Western Australia.

According to the company, the apprenticeships are tailored to individuals looking to begin their trades careers including metal fabrication, electrical and mechanical engineering, with a special emphasis on recruiting more women to join the defence industry.

The roles are based at the ASC sites in Adelaide and Henderson in WA.

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Currently, the company employs 74 apprentices, and has doubled the number of female participants from six to 11 since the end of last year.

Throughout the apprenticeship program, participants receive on-the-job training and theory from ASC professionals, providing pathways for careers in the Australian submarine industry.

Currently, ASC provides major and minor sustainment to the Collins Class submarines at their Osborne, SA and Henderson, WA bases, with the life-of-type-extension ensuring that the fleet can continue operations until the 2040s.

“This is an exciting time for Australia’s submarine industry as we sustain the Collins Class fleet, prepare for their life-of-type-extension and build the trades and engineering skills that will be needed to support future shipbuilding programs,” ASC chief executive officer Stuart Whiley said.

“Apprentices who join ASC develop skills for life, in long-term and secure jobs. They have opportunities to progress their careers as Australia’s defence industries continue to grow.”

Last year, the company offered apprenticeships to 12 individuals who had worked on the Attack Class submarine program as part of the Sovereign Shipbuilding Talent Pool program.

“I’m proud that ASC provides a welcoming and supportive workplace that harnesses all the skills and talents that are found across our community,” Whiley continued.

The apprenticeships have received the tick of approval from program participants.

Mikkie Johnstone, who is two years into her apprenticeship, has learnt skills across welding and metal fabrication, completing a Certificate III in fabrication engineering.

“I’d encourage anyone who has thought about a career in submarines to step forward and apply,” she said.

“It’s a rewarding job that gives you the pride of having welded things and worked on structures that become part of Australia’s submarines.”

[Related: ASC signs $66m contract with Eptec Group for Collins blast and paint services]

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