More than 1000 Australians now ready for naval shipbuilding careers

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The Hon Melissa Price MP

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23 December 2020

The Naval Shipbuilding College has reached a new milestone, having prepared more than 1000 Australians for a career in naval shipbuilding.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the achievement demonstrated how the Morrison Government was working to deliver a generation of jobs in the sector.

The College was established by the Federal Government in 2018 to partner with education and training providers to grow Australia’s shipbuilding workforce.   

“With more than 3000 Australians having joined the National Workforce Register, 1000 are now employment-ready for cutting-edge jobs,” Minister Price said.  

“The Naval Shipbuilding College has achieved a significant milestone in developing a skilled workforce to support the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.

“In these challenging times, the College is working hard to provide tailored advice for each candidate, including advice on career pathways or how to upskill and become employment-ready.

“If you are interested in a career in Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry, I strongly recommend you connect with the College and join the National Workforce Register.”

Minister Price said Australia’s National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise would employ more than 15,000 people across the nation, from trades to PhDs.

“This industry offers exciting careers in engineering, program management, supply chain management and operations,” Minister Price said.

“If you are a young person thinking about your future career path or someone looking for a change in careers, the opportunities in our growing defence industry are enormous.”

Naval Shipbuilding College Chief Executive Ian Irving said he was proud of the College’s achievement.

“This shows we are committed to growing the naval shipbuilding workforce to ensure the Government can deliver on its ambitious shipbuilding program,” Mr Irving said.

“The 1000 employment-ready candidates are now poised to secure stable and meaningful careers as they become available across the Enterprise in the coming years.”

The College is already helping people develop their skills and enter into careers in Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry.

If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, join the Naval Shipbuilding College’s National Workforce Register, by visiting

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