TAFE Queensland today announced it has become the first education provider in Queensland to receive course endorsement from the Naval Shipbuilding College (NSC).
About 80 Queensland students will successfully complete the Certificate III in Engineering-Fabrication Trade (welding component) in 2019 and be acknowledged by shipbuilding and supply chain industries across the country as being ‘job ready.’
TAFE Queensland chief executive officer Mary Campbell said the endorsement was proof of TAFE Queensland’s ability to deliver some of the very best of Australia’s industrial training.
“This endorsement represents a quality assurance guarantee to naval shipbuilders that the welding and CAD qualifications delivered by TAFE Queensland meet shipbuilding industry occupational standards and requirements," said Ms Campbell.
“Graduates of our welding programs will have better employment opportunities in the naval shipbuilding program."
Queensland’s Acting Minister for Training and Skills Development Mark Ryan added that TAFE Queensland was committed to supporting the nation’s sovereign naval shipbuilding capability, through building a skilled and continuous workforce.
NSC Program Director Bill Docalovich attended the announcement at TAFE Queensland’s Acacia Ridge campus and congratulated TAFE Queensland on the significant milestone.
“This is great news for Queensland students who will undertake training that directly aligns with the future needs of the growing naval shipbuilding industry,’’ he said.
“A critical component of the enhanced welding course will be to teach students how to weld in confined spaces, an essential requirement for potential employers.
“We need skilled workers to fill the 15,000 jobs created to build and sustain our future fleet, including the most technologically advanced Attack-Class Submarines, Hunter-class Frigates and Arafura-class Offshore Patrol Vessels.’’
Many of these opportunities exist in Queensland’s thriving Small to Medium Enterprises which form a critical part of the national naval shipbuilding supply chain.
The Australian Government established the NSC to secure a sovereign workforce to implement its $90 billion continuous shipbuilding program.
A Workforce Register has been established for potential candidates interested in being involved in Australia’s revitalised naval shipbuilding industry.
For more information or to register, visit www.navalshipbuildingcollege.com.au.