School students get on board with naval shipbuilding

Friday, November 8, 2019

The Naval Shipbuilding College, as part of its national secondary school engagement strategy, has partnered with an online learning program to ensure students can prepare for the thousands of exciting career opportunities ahead.


Through the Work-Ready program, an online careers education platform, students will access the latest advice on future educational or training pathways that lead to exciting jobs.


This is in addition to secondary schools engagement activities that the Naval Shipbuilding College has been undertaking in every state and territory, particularly in shipbuilding precincts.


Work-Ready’s naval shipbuilding focused modules are offered through an online platform, where teachers can educate students about the skills, knowledge and capabilities required to secure rewarding and meaningful careers.


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price, said the Australian Government’s $90 billion investment in a National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise will generate new opportunities.


“Encouraging secondary students to consider naval shipbuilding as a career of choice is a critical step in the successful development of a sustainable Australian workforce pipeline.”


Naval Shipbuilding Institute Chief Executive Ian Irving said the partnership ensured Australian schools could now access high quality industry specific learning content at no cost.


“There is no better time to work in the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise,” Mr Irving said.


“Through the Work-Ready program we will raise awareness of the diversity of meaningful careers available across the naval shipbuilding, supply and sustainment industries.”


“New career opportunities will soon spawn throughout Australia, offering jobs across a diversity of disciplines, from fabrication roles in the construction yards, through to engineering roles in the design bureaus, and leadership opportunities within management teams.”


Publisher of the Work-Ready program Tracy Marsh, said it will provide a conduit between schools, teachers, parents and the Naval Shipbuilding College.


“Due to its reach, Work-Ready will allow young Australians from diverse backgrounds to tap into opportunities they have never have been aware of previously,’’ Ms Marsh said.


“Targeting students who have already completed their secondary school is a wasted opportunity when it comes to nurturing talent.’’


The program includes industry specific content across four learning modules – Science Technology Engineering Maths, Jobs of the Future, Defence Industry and Understanding Work.


It also provides students with access to engaging activities and industry mentors that will help them to develop positive work-life skills and attitudes.


These initiatives will encourage further discussion between students, parents and other influencers to enable them to collaborate on choosing future education and training pathways.


The Naval Shipbuilding College was established in April 2018 by the Australian Government to support the development of a highly skilled workforce required to deliver the continuous National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.


In collaboration with industry it has identified priority roles across the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise. It is also working with a national network of 26 vocational education and training and higher education providers in every state and territory, to offer endorsed programs of study.


This will support the development of a highly skilled national workforce required to deliver key programs including the Attack class Submarines, Hunter class Frigates and Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels.


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