New MOU between Fincantieri, Cetena and TAFE SA to develop joint learning and skills development program

Oct 05, 2017


Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and participant in the selection process for the Federal Government’s SEA 5000 Future Frigates program, has signed an MOU with TAFE SA during the Pacific 2017 International Maritime Exposition.

The agreement will also involve Cetena, a subsidiary company of Fincantieri, which undertakes research and consultancy programs in the naval and maritime fields.

According to the agreement, the three organisations will work together to develop a joint academic and educational co-operation program that identifies opportunities for future development.

The program to be developed from the MOU will include collaboration and sharing of technical and scientific learnings, joint projects such as seminars, lectures and study meetings to support TAFE students in particular, mapping of existing and future shipyard competency needs including qualifications and workforce development (particularly in relation to developing courses and programs aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) to support Continuous Naval Shipbuilding) and identifying skills gaps among current graduates to improvements to course design.

It will also assess existing training solutions with the perspective of developing new training courses to meet the evolving shipbuilding needs of Fincantieri Group

The Chairman of Fincantieri Australia Dario Deste said that TAFE SA is a very well-known academic and skills training resource which can bring significant benefits to Fincantieri’s operations, both in Australia and to the company’s global operations.

"As a leading shipbuilder with 20 shipyards on four continents we have experience in adapting and developing training to meet local workforce requirements - partnerships with local institutions such as TAFE SA are critical to achieving this. Our requirement for the best trained and skilled people is growing. TAFE SA is a well-regarded educational institution with a history of supporting the Australian shipbuilding industry and our new agreement will bring benefits to both organisations," Mr Deste said.

"As part of the agreement we will work together to develop a robust program to include academics, lecturers, researchers, students and technical and administrative personnel from TAFE SA with executives from Fincantieri and Cetena," he said.

"This partnership will be important in generating advanced shipbuilding capability within TAFE SA’s educational and training framework, enhancing shipbuilding career streams for Australians, and meeting the expanding requirements of Fincantieri’s global operations.

"We very much look forward to starting work with TAFE SA and Cetena and seeing this important program progress," Mr Deste said.

TAFE SA Chief Executive Robin Murt said that TAFE SA welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with Fincantieri and Cetena on shipbuilding skills development.

"The Future Frigates program and the broader National Shipbuilding Enterprise provides unprecedented opportunities for South Australians to embark on lifelong careers in shipbuilding and TAFE SA is committed to training for shipbuilding career progression and professional development long-term," Mr Murt said.

"This collaboration agreement sets the firm foundation for us to work with Fincantieri and Cetena to plan for and respond to new skills needs and to set our students up for exciting and varied career opportunities.

"We look forward to working with our new educational partners."


Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation. It is leader in cruise ship design and construction and a reference player in all high-tech shipbuilding industry’s sectors, from naval to offshore vessels, from high-complexity special vessels and ferries to mega-yachts, ship repairs and conversions, systems and components production and after-sales services. Headquartered in Trieste (Italy), the Group has built more than 7,000 vessels in over 230 years of maritime history. With more than 19,400 employees, of whom more than 8,200 in Italy, 20 shipyards in 4 continents, today Fincantieri is the leading Western shipbuilder. It has among its clients the major cruise operators, the Italian and the U.S. Navy, in addition to several foreign navies, and it is partner of some of the main European defense companies within supranational programmes.


TAFE SA is the largest provider of vocational education and training in South Australia, training over 70,000 students a year. TAFE SA has previously provided extensive apprenticeship and management level training programs for the Collins Class Submarine and Air Warefare Destroyer workforces and is the longstanding provider of the Defence Industry Leadership Program, training Defence Industry Leaders with the Defence Teaming Centre. TAFE SA also delivers the Defence Industry Pathways Program (CAD design and advanced manufacturing) to selected high performing school students as part of the Advanced Technology Project (Sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Defence, ASC and the South Australian Department of Education and Child Development).


CETENA S.p.A. is a company within the FINCANTIERI Group dedicated to research and consultancy in the naval and maritime field. Since the foundation in 1962, CETENA has been involved in national and international research activities and has carried out research and consultancy and technical assistance for shipyards, shipowners, navies and universities, with a wide range activities on board, development of specific products, laboratory tests, transfer of technology and training activities in maritime field for civil and naval sectors. CETENA is based in Genova, with offices in Trieste, Muggiano, Castellammare, Palermo and Workshop in Riva Trigoso, near Genova.