TAFE NSW strengthens pathways to naval shipbuilding jobs

5 July 2019

NSW Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee announced that TAFE NSW had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Naval Shipbuilding College on Wednesday July 3.

“This MoU will support more people to secure careers in the rapidly expanding naval shipbuilding, supply and sustainment industries,” he said.

Under the terms of the MoU, students who successfully complete the Certificate III in Engineering-Fabrication Trade (welding component) at TAFE NSW will be acknowledged by the naval shipbuilding industry as being ‘job ready.’

Mr Lee said that he was proud that TAFE NSW was the first organisation in the state to pursue course endorsement from the Naval Shipbuilding College, firming its reputation as a world-class vocational education and training provider.

“TAFE NSW is working collaboratively with industry to provide students with the high quality, practical training they need to be job-ready.

“We’re proud to be partnering with the Naval Shipbuilding College to help deliver the skilled naval shipbuilding and sustainment workforce Australia needs now and into the future.”

NSW Defence Advocate John Harvey said the naval presence in Sydney, which is home port to nearly half of the fleet, contributes over $1.8 billion annually to the economy and already supports over 12,000 jobs.

“It’s critical that we continue to attract skilled workers to the naval shipbuilding industry, particularly to support the vital naval sustainment work carried out in the Garden Island Defence Precinct.

“The NSW Government and Defence NSW are committed to promoting defence industry career pathways and the TAFE NSW MoU with the Naval Shipbuilding College will serve to fill a gap in the NSW training pipeline for skilled dockyard workers.”

Naval Shipbuilding College Program Director Bill Docalovich said the agreement will boost collaboration to develop a national shipbuilding education and training competency framework.

“This is great news for New South Wales students who will undertake training that directly aligns with the future needs of the growing naval shipbuilding and sustainment industry,” Mr Docalovich said.

“This is a significant step towards strengthening the naval shipbuilding and sustainment workforce in New South Wales, while also supporting the hundreds of supply chain and sustainment businesses.”

“We need people from New South Wales to step up and fill some of the 15,000 skilled and professional jobs to build and sustain our future fleet, including the technologically advanced Attack class Submarines, Hunter class Frigates and Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels.”

The Australian Government established the Naval Shipbuilding College to secure a sovereign workforce to implement its $90 billion continuous shipbuilding program.

A national Workforce Register has been established for potential candidates interested in being involved in Australia’s revitalised shipbuilding, supply and sustainment industries. For more information visit www.navalshipbuildingcollege.com.au