Building our future shipyards, careers and businesses – Naval Shipbuilding College

Building our future shipyards, careers and businesses

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise has seen more than $1 billion invested to create some of the world’s most advanced shipyards, which will support the design and construction of 33 contemporary naval vessels on Australian soil. This includes up to $535 million for surface ship infrastructure at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia.


On the frontline of this endeavor is Intract Australia, an indigenous company which provides construction, maintenance, remediation and demolition services across the country and has been contracted to provide construction services on the new Osborne South and North Shipyards in South Australia.


The company is committed to real and lasting outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples.


Chief Executive of the Naval Shipbuilding College Ian Irving said industry recognises the importance of embracing the diversity of cultures and backgrounds of people entering the rapidly expanding Enterprise workforce.


“In collaboration with our national Training and Education Provider Network, the College is assisting a diverse range of people to identify the appropriate educational and skilling pathways that can lead to long-term careers within the Enterprise,’’ he said.


“We are part of industry working groups which are sharing knowledge and investigating initiatives and plans that will enhance the diversity and inclusion employment opportunities within naval shipbuilding over the next 12 months.


“We also view National Reconciliation Week as an opportunity to reflect on ways our industry can strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples and non-indigenous people.’’


Intract employee James Fry, is a qualified Site Safety Advisor and has worked on the South and North Shipyards at Osborne in South Australia.


James started his training pathway into the Enterprise by undertaking a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety and is currently completing a Certificate IV in Site Management.


“I started work with Intract in 2016 as a Trainee Safety Advisor and began working as a fully qualified Site Safety Advisor in 2018,’’ he said.


“We manage civil aspects of the site including bulk earthworks, pavements, demolition, common service trench/stormwater, building pad preparation, pre-cast pile break back (approximately 2,500 piles) and detailed excavation.


“My core responsibilities are to provide leadership that helps foster a strong safety culture, maintain compliance with company and project specific policies and procedures, communicate with project management to plan construction activities, assist in identifying and assessing any foreseeable risks arising from the workplace or work process, inspect and examine the workplace, machinery, equipment and plant, assist in the investigation process following an accident or incident and undertake regular workplace hazard inspections to ensure a high standard of WHS, quality assurance and environmental management is maintained.


“It has been very rewarding work and I play an important part of a team which is responsible for the safety of people who are visiting or working in the Osborne shipyards.


“Upskilling myself by taking on the training through TAFE SA and the Masters Builders Association of South Australia really helped open up new career pathways for me.’’


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