Naval Shipbuilding College launches Designer Traineeship Program
The Naval Shipbuilding College (NSC) in collaboration with Naval Group Australia, BAE Systems Maritime Australia, ASC Pty Ltd, TAFE SA and several South Australian small to medium enterprises, has recently launched a new ‘Designer Traineeship’ program, to build the pool of qualified designers for the Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.
Trainees will undertake the Diploma of Engineering – Technical, along with completing several units of competency and industry specific skills focused on naval shipbuilding, including the non-accredited NSC Introduction to Shipbuilding Course. On completion of the course, graduates will be employed by naval shipbuilding primes, with trainees hosted by supply chain and subcontract companies to complete the required workplace training.
Naval Shipbuilding College Program Director, Harry Riddle, said this program was critical in ensuring that industry has access to people with the right skills and knowledge at the right time.
“The collaborative efforts of the shipbuilding enterprise alongside TAFE SA and South Australian SMEs have been integral in creating these tangible opportunities for Australians to learn the skills needed to become naval designers,” Harry said.
“The Designer Traineeship is an intense program of both upfront study and industry work placements to ensure graduates are employment-ready with the specific design skills and understanding of surface ship and submarine arrangements.”
TAFE SA Chief Executive David Coltman said the project was vital in helping to meet the needs of the defence industry.
“We are 100 per cent committed to delivering training that meets the needs of the defence industry to ensure we develop a workforce with the technical skills required,” David said.
“This is a great example of this work, TAFE SA’s tailored training program will use cutting-edge technology, including our new virtual reality ship engine room.
“This amazing opportunity for students is illustrating the contribution TAFE SA is making to Australia’s sovereign industrial capability.”