TAFE SA has welcomed news that graduates of the Associate Degree and Diploma of Engineering - Technical courses would have guaranteed entry into the Australian Maritime College’s (AMC) Bachelor of Engineering programs, including naval architecture.
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The announcement also includes graduates of the TAFE SA Diploma of Project Management, who will now receive direct entry and credit into the Bachelor of Global Logistics and Maritime Management at the AMC in Launceston.
These new higher education pathways and credit transfers open up more opportunities for TAFE SA graduates to expand their options to support Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan.
AMC principal Professor Shuhong Chai said that taking a national approach to training and education would help ensure the success of national endeavours such as the continuous naval shipbuilding program.
"We are delighted to partner with TAFE SA on these study pathways, providing South Australian students with new opportunities to advance their skills and broaden their career prospects. The growing maritime defence sector has led to high demand for talented naval architects, engineers, logisticians and project managers – training a steady flow of skilled graduates to fulfil these positions will be critical," Professor Chai said.
TAFE SA director, defence industries, Penny Johnston, said that TAFE SA was pleased to be providing these new pathways for careers in this rapidly growing industry.
"The expansion of the current range of high-school based defence industry pathway programs encouraging students into shipbuilding and advanced manufacturing careers will also lead to greater numbers of apprentices and students in TAFE SA’s shipbuilding-focused qualifications," Johnston explained.
Johnston added, "At TAFE SA, we will continue working closely with the defence industry and other education providers to ensure we have the capacity and capability to accommodate the increased demand for new defence and shipbuilding skills across a wide range of jobs."
TAFE SA is working closely with the AMC and the Naval Shipbuilding College to maximise skills for the Future Frigates and Future Submarine programs.
The AMC is based at the University of Tasmania and provides a range of courses from vocational training through to bachelor and postgraduate degrees and doctorates across a number of areas, including:
- Maritime engineering and hydrodynamics;
- Maritime business and international logistics;
- Ocean seafaring; and
- Coastal seafaring and VET courses.
AMC partners with the Naval Shipbuilding College providing collaboration across industry, government and academia to deliver the expertise and workforce required for Australia's continuous naval shipbuilding program.
TAFE SA is working closely with the Australian Maritime College and the Naval Shipbuilding College to maximise skills for the Future Frigates and Future Submarine programs.