The Hon. Jason Clare MP
Minister for Defence Materiel
An Ingleburn company is helping local apprentices gain the technical skills they need to work on cutting edge Defence equipment.
Broens Industries supplies engineering products and services to the Australian Defence Force. They currently have 33 apprentices working at their Ingleburn site, ten of those apprentices started this week.
Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare and Member for Werriwa Laurie Ferguson today met with the apprentices and inspected the work being done for Defence by Broens.
“The commitment Broens has shown to training their workers has helped them compete on the international stage,” Mr Clare said.
“Broens exports to 19 Defence Forces around the world. They recently secured a contract to provide a critical piece of ground support equipment for the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.
“These successes are thanks to their highly skilled workforce.
“I met the Managing Director Carlos Broens in 2009. He told me the global recession meant exports had fallen. He had two choices, cut staff or cut hours.
“Carlos chose to cut hours. He told me his employees were his business.
“I spoke to Carlos again in 2010. The entire workforce was back to five days a week. No one lost their job.”
Mr Ferguson said Broens was a key employer in the local area.
“Broens Industries has over 140 employees, many are from the local area,” Mr Ferguson said.
“They are also giving opportunities to young people in the area by providing them with apprenticeships.”
Managing Director, Carlos Broens said Broens Industries had received more than $2,700,000 in funding grants over the past four years under the Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) program.
“The SADI program has been a significant contributor to our ability to up skill our workforce over the last four years, which has resulted in our enhanced ability to compete internationally and win.”
The SADI program provides assistance to local Defence companies to help improve the skills of their workers.
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