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1 November 2018

Australia’s transformative Naval Shipbuilding College has been officially opened.

The College will deliver a coordinated, national approach to workforce development and skilling for our naval shipbuilding enterprise.

Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne officially opened the College at Osborne in South Australia.

Minister Pyne said it’s an integral interface with the shipbuilding industry to identify workforce requirements throughout all phases of construction and sustainment.

“Today is exciting day for the future of shipbuilding in this country,” Minister Pyne said.

Under the management of the Naval Shipbuilding Institute, the College will also link up with education providers, as part of a hub and spoke model, to ensure courses are offered across Australia which produce workers who are job-ready.

“The College is a critical enabler of the continuous naval shipbuilding program which will build and sustain Australia’s naval capabilities, create economic growth and secure Australian jobs for decades to come.”

“I’m particularly excited to launch the naval shipbuilding workforce register.”

“It enables Australians who are interested in long-term shipbuilding career opportunities to express their interest and receive assistance through the skilling and employment process.”

“The workforce register will help connect people with potential employers or education providers.”

“I encourage anyone interested in working on some of the most technologically advanced, cutting edge projects anywhere in the world to register.”

The Australian Government released the Naval Shipbuilding Plan in May 2017, which outlined a long term vision to establish Australian sovereign capability in naval shipbuilding.

The Government is investing $90 billion into the continuous shipbuilding program which is expected to create 5,200 shipbuilding jobs within 10 years, with additional jobs created in the sustainment and supply chain.

Those interested can register at

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