SMTAFE’s Naval Base Campus training excels

Western Australia's commitment to skilling workers for Australia's new high-tech naval fleet has been formally recognised with the Naval Shipbuilding College endorsing South Metropolitan TAFE's Certificate III Engineering Fabrication Trade course. The endorsed training program at the Naval Base Campus — the Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade — was established to increase the availability of a trained and skilled shipbuilding workforce both State-wide and nationally. The qualification is part of the Lower fees, local skills program for 2020–21, with half-price course fees.

Developed in collaboration with industry, the program places WA at the forefront of defence industry training. "Western Australians who work in the defence industry apply their skills to some of the most exciting and complex projects in the world.” said Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia."The courses taught at the South Metropolitan TAFE Naval Base Campus are the gateway to that exciting career.”

South Metropolitan TAFE has been working in partnership with the defence sector for more than two decades, delivering a range of qualifications and courses throughout WA and nationally. The WA office of the Naval Shipbuilding College is co-located within the Naval Base Campus, enhancing the partnership with the Australian Government. Construction of 10 offshore patrol vessels will start at Henderson in 2020, with welding and fabrication trades identified as priority roles for the naval shipbuilding and sustainment contractors. The McGowan Government is committed to establishing WA as the primary hub for the maintenance and sustainment of submarines and frigates, which will create thousands of jobs for Western Australians for decades to come.

"This endorsement recognises South Metropolitan TAFE as a leader in defence industry training and places Western Australia at the forefront of providing a skilled and highly capable workforce to the naval shipbuilding industry now and into the future.” said WA Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery. "The McGowan Government is committed to attracting defence industry opportunities to Western Australia and building a trained and skilled shipbuilding workforce to meet the demand of current and future jobs in the defence sector."

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