Naval Shipbuilding College targets transferable skills at Avalon – Naval Shipbuilding College

Naval Shipbuilding College targets transferable skills at Avalon

Thursday, March 14, 2019

With 15,000 skilled and professional roles required to implement the design, build and sustainment of the Royal Australian Navy’s future fleet, the naval shipbuilding industry is firmly focused on attracting job-ready candidates with transferable skills.  


Naval Shipbuilding College Program Director Bill Docalovich said enticing workers from defence and adjacent industries is critical to filling the immediate workforce needs and to set a solid foundation for a sovereign and sustainable capability.  


He presented at the Australian International Aerospace and Defence Exposition, better known as Avalon 2019, in front of global defence and government leaders.  


“I’m proud of the Naval Shipbuilding College’s success in its first year of operation, but there is work to do, as our team continues to support the Australian Government to successfully implement its $90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan,” Mr Docalovich said.  


“We’re continuing to collaborate with industry nationally to identify the priority workforce in naval shipbuilding.  


“The longevity and diversity of career opportunities that will stem from the resurgence in Australia’s naval shipbuilding enterprise have a wide appeal.  


“Many of the tens of thousands of people who come through the gates of Avalon, have a background in civil aviation, air transport, aerospace, defence industry, military and government sectors – and have skills that apply in naval shipbuilding.  


“We’re working hard to elevate naval shipbuilding as a career of choice throughout Australia and our national Workforce Register continues to grow.  


“More than 500 people have registered their interest in working on the world’s most technologically advanced projects including the Attack class submarines or Hunter class frigates, and we’re expecting thousands more people to follow.  


“These people range from high school students through to workers with a diversity of skills and professional experiences.”

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