TAFE SA has become the first accredited training partner of the Naval Shipbuilding College in Australia, after the College endorsed the welding component of the Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade.
Welding has been identified by the College as one of three skill areas of importance to the shipbuilding industry, along with pipefitting and marine engineering.
TAFE SA’s state-of-the-art welding facility, at its Regency Campus, now boasts a ‘navalised’ welding rig that has been built through the endorsement process, which will also be used as a template by other training providers around the country for upskilling existing workers and apprentices.
In July, the Marshall Liberal Government announced it was investing $1 million to purchase state-of-the-art welding simulators to be installed at the Regency facility, which will arrive soon.
Premier Steven Marshall said it is undoubtedly an exciting time to be involved in the defence industry.
“Naval shipbuilding is set to deliver unprecedented economic benefit to South Australia, and we want South Australians at the front of the queue to secure these jobs,” said Premier Marshall.
“The Future Frigate project is set to deliver 1500 direct local jobs, in addition to 600 jobs through the supply chain and redevelopment of the Osborne South Shipyards.
“The Marshall Liberal Government is committed to maximising the local benefits of this huge investment into our state, and today’s announcement will help ensure that we have the skilled local workforce needed to deliver this project.”
Education Minister John Gardner said that TAFE SA was ready to play its part to ensure a skilled South Australian workforce is available to meet the increased demand.
“The endorsement of the Naval Shipbuilding College is a significant milestone that will increase student and industry confidence in TAFE SA,” said Minister Gardner.
“TAFE SA will continue to work hard to align programs with the broader defence industry and increase the employability of its graduates.
“The shipbuilding boom will offer a broad range of roles and career paths, and the Marshall Liberal Government is committed to boosting skills training and equipping South Australians with skill sets that align with industry needs.
Naval Shipbuilding College Skilling Services Manager Mark Scott said it will continue to work closely with each sector to complete a needs analysis, to help align training and education programs with the cutting-edge needs of further shipbuilding.
“Endorsement is a vital step in ensuring quality assurance and consistency in delivery across training and education providers,” said Mr Scott.
“The endorsement framework stipulates ongoing monitoring and evaluation of associated programs with our training providers and partners to meet the needs of industry.”