Skilling a workforce behind the defence force
The DIESC comprises the University of South Australia, University of Adelaide, Flinders University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Edith Cowan University, TAFE SA, South Metro TAFE, Queensland University of Technology, the Defence Teaming Centre and the Indigenous Defence Consortium.
As a collective they bring a broad range of tertiary education and vocational training expertise and industry knowledge that is relevant to the defence industry’s future workforce skilling needs.
DIESC spokesperson and CEO of the Defence Teaming Centre, Margot Forster, said members of the DIESC are very happy to be working with the Naval Shipbuilding College to ensure that Australia’s education and training providers produce job ready graduates for the naval shipbuilding industry.
“Working closely with the College to develop insights into what the industry needs is very useful, as is working together with other consortium members to develop Defence specific content, to jointly develop new courses and to allow students to access course units across university boundaries,” Ms Forster said.
DIESC’s function is to deliver shipbuilding specific higher education courses including engineering, design/drafting, management/administration, project management and communications/marketing.
DIESC will also promote transition pathways to tertiary studies. This includes a priority to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics initiatives that help support the defence industry, with a particular emphasis on bridging the gap in gender inequality in higher education and public research institutions.
Naval Shipbuilding College Program Director Bill Docalovich said working with DIESC and other key partners has many benefits for the College as it continues to align education and training courses with future industry needs.
“No one single higher education entity can meet all shipbuilding needs or have all the strengths vital for shipbuilding. So, it’s important that a consortium like the DIESC exists to form partnerships where needed to share information and help spur those innovative approaches.”