Subs in schools inspiring next generation of Marine Engineers

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The Hon Melissa Price MP

Minister for Defence Industry

Minister for Science and Technology

Mr James Stevens MP

Member for Sturt

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9 December 2019

  • Joint release - Mr James Stevens MP, Member for Sturt


The next leaders of Australia’s shipbuilding industry could be revealed this week at the Subs in Schools National Final, being hosted by Adelaide’s St. Peters College.

Starting today, the three-day event will see 100 of Australia’s keenest students competing to become national champions in Remotely Operated Vehicle and Submarine Class disciplines of the event.

The initiative offers primary and high school students the opportunity to explore their enthusiasm for shipbuilding as well as offering a simplified transition for students who would like to pursue a career in the industry.

Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP, said it was an opportunity for the current generation of school-goers to try their hand at a number of professions that will shape the defence industry for decades to come.

“A key feature of the program is that students work directly with industry partners in the context of their projects, further increasing the experience that the students take away from the event,” Minister Price said.

“Our education providers have a key role to play in promoting the career opportunities available in the defence industry. Subs in Schools is a fun way to teach students about shipbuilding.”

Federal Member for Sturt, Mr James Stevens MP, said he was pleased a school in his electorate was hosting the event and hoped it highlighted the opportunities available to South Australian students.

“I wish all of the students taking part the very best of luck and hope it encourages some of them to think seriously about a career in the defence industry.”

“Our state has a critical role to play in the delivery of our Government’s $90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan and will reap the rewards of this record investment for many years to come.”

With the next generation of shipbuilding talent on display, the watchful eyes of industry leaders like SAAB, Babcock, BAE Systems Australia and Australian Shipbuilding College will also be in attendance.

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