Australian students get on board with naval shipbuilding industry

Tuesday, November 19, 2019


School classrooms across Australia now have a direct line to learn about our burgeoning naval shipbuilding industry and the future employment opportunities.


The Naval Shipbuilding College has partnered with online careers education platform Work-Ready to help educate students on the skills, knowledge and capabilities relevant to the naval shipbuilding, supply chain and sustainment industries.


The partnership will help school students and educators across the country form a greater understanding of the jobs and career opportunities available within the Australian Government’s $90 billion National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.


It is estimated more than 15,000 workers will be required directly and indirectly in the next 10 years by naval shipbuilders and the associated supply chain and sustainment industries.


New career opportunities will spawn throughout Australia, from fabrication roles in construction yards to engineering roles in design departments and leadership opportunities with management teams.


College Chief Executive Ian Irving said the partnership was an important step in engaging with Australia’s future workforce.


“Today’s school students will become an integral part of Australia’s future naval shipbuilding workforce,’’ he said.


“The College is the gateway to employment within the national Enterprise and our partnership with the Work-Ready program will provide invaluable insights for students, parents and teachers into the diversity of high-tech careers available on these cutting-edge projects.


“For school students there is no better time to plan for a meaningful career in naval shipbuilding and stand behind the Defence Forces which help keep our region and families safe.


“There are rewarding pathways of learning and discovery that can start with a trade and end in the boardroom.’’


As a result of the partnership and funding by the College, the Work-Ready program will be provided free of charge to Australian schools, community groups and other education providers.


The College, in collaboration with our industry and education network, and Work-Ready have developed specific content in four learning modules – STEM, Jobs of the Future, Defence Industry and Understanding Work.


Publisher of the Work-Ready program Tracy Marsh said the new partnership provided a direct conduit to the naval shipbuilding industry for educators and Australia’s future workforce.


“Work-Ready provides engaging activities to help students develop positive work-life skills and attitudes and help students make decisions on the study pathways towards an exciting future,’’ she said.


“Due to its wide reach to potentially more than 250,000 teachers and students, Work-Ready will allow young Australians from diverse backgrounds to tap into opportunities associated with the naval shipbuilding industry they have never have been aware of previously.


“It will provide a valuable precursor to the work the College undertakes with the national training and education provider networks which is helping ensure that industry’s demand for professional and skilled workers is met providing a continuous learning education pathway into the shipbuilding industry.


“Together, Work-Ready and the College will help educate school students across the nation about the shipbuilding industry and the rewarding and diverse career opportunities available.’’


The Work-Ready program will inspire and assist students to learn with a naval shipbuilding focus and have access to industry initiatives such as work experience opportunities.

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