Naval Shipbuilding College expands to Western Australia – Naval Shipbuilding College

Naval Shipbuilding College expands to Western Australia

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Naval Shipbuilding College is poised to open a office in the new South Metropolitan TAFE campus at Naval Base in Western Australia.  


Established in April 2018 by the Australian Government, the Naval Shipbuilding College is building a skilled national workforce to implement the Naval Shipbuilding Plan, including a $90 billion upgrade of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet.  


It’s a significant milestone in the College’s evolution as it continues to engage with industry, education and training partners across the nation.  


The College Program Director Bill Docalovich said the Western Australia team will be largely focused on supporting locals to secure rewarding naval shipbuilding jobs.


“Naval shipbuilding offers a diversity of skilled and professional job opportunities for career advancement and longevity,” he said.


“We’ll be looking beyond the existing naval shipbuilding workforce and targeting workers in adjacent industries, career changers, first time entrants and students.


“Naval shipbuilding is quickly building momentum as the career of choice for many.”  


“We’ve appointed highly respected workforce specialist Duncan Powrie as Deputy Program Manager, who will lead the College’s engagement in the West and bring a considerable amount of experience in building a skilled workforce.  


“Duncan will be supported by a Candidate Engagement Consultant and a Communications Specialist.  


“He has a thorough understanding of Vocational Education and Training with significant experience in both public and private RTO’s, most recently from South Metropolitan TAFE where he has been the Portfolio Manager for Defence Mechanical and Fabrication, and previously as Operations Manager with the Pivot Institute.


“Duncan has had a long relationship with the Australian Army particularly in Logistics and Maintenance, served in Afghanistan, was Leadership and Management Trainer at RMC Duntroon and is currently part of the Army Reserve including as Liaison Officer for the Western Australian Army Cadets,” he said.


“Construction of 10 Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels at Henderson will begin in 2021.’’

The College is working hard to ensure the right number of skilled Australian workers will be available when the naval shipbuilding industry requires them.  


Based at the Osborne Naval Shipyards in South Australia, the College is facilitating national collaboration between industry and the education and training sectors.  


A naval shipbuilding Workforce Register has been established to help candidates upskill through education and training providers or find jobs with future employers.  


Every candidate receives ongoing tailored advice from a Candidate Engagement Consultant to ensure they can maximise opportunities in the naval shipbuilding industry.

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