Sisters are doing it for their students – Naval Shipbuilding College

Sisters are doing it for their students

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A new TAFE SA course is helping to break the stereotype of ‘welding is just for men.’


Nine women, all qualified high school teachers, are undertaking a nine week Introduction to Basic Welding Processes to gain a better understanding of the trade and to help encourage female high school students to consider the benefits and rewards of a career in welding.


As Australian industry continues to meet the needs of the Australian Government’s National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise, thousands of trade qualified jobs will be created across the country over the coming years.


The demand for trade qualified workers will include welders, light and heavy metal fabricators, electricians, mechanics, plumbers and others.


Ian Irving, Chief Executive of the Naval Shipbuilding College, said developing a national naval shipbuilding capability to successfully deliver the Enterprise will require a skilled and diverse workforce.


“There should be no perception that there are gender specific roles within naval shipbuilding,’’ he said.


“As an industry we are taking the lead to ensure a diverse, equal opportunity workforce is created.


“Employers welcome any person who possesses the right training, skills and attitude for the job.


“The Naval Shipbuilding College applauds TAFE SA and the Advanced Technology Program for getting on the front foot with this innovative approach.’’


The nine week course was funded by the Advanced Technology Program (ATP) and delivered by TAFE SA at their Regency Park campus.


ATP Program Manager Dr Sarah Baker said supporting the basic skills development and face-to-face micro-credentialing of the teachers will help teach welding skills and link these skills to career prospects for many secondary school students.


“This enables more students, both male and female, to ‘see’ where these skills could take them in the future, including naval shipbuilding and other Defence industry careers,’’ she said.


Director, Strategic Industry Partnerships at TAFE SA, Penny Johnston, said helping provide female teachers with hands on welding skills and insights into the high level of skill required, and the opportunity for careers on long term shipbuilding projects, could help foster engagement and uptake in vocational careers by young women while they were still in high school.


“I think the earlier we can engage with people considering a trade career, the better,’’ she said.


“Teachers want students to be excited about their future job prospects and career opportunities and assist them to reach their goals.


“It was very important for the teachers to hear first-hand from the naval shipbuilding industry to help them understand the enormous job and career opportunities that are available within the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.’’


If you or someone you know are interested in knowing more about the job opportunities in Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Industry – from trades to PhDs – join the NSC’s national Workforce Register, so we can connect your with one of our Candidate Engagement Consultants for your confidential career conversation.

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