New naval shipbuilding course sets sail

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The Hon Melissa Price MP

Minister for Defence Industry

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The Hon John Gardner MP

South Australian Minister for Education

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10 April 2021

  • Joint media release: The Hon John Gardner MP, South Australian Minister for Education


A new naval shipbuilding ‘taster course’ endorsed by Australia’s defence industry is set to be rolled out to its first cohort of students across Australia.

The Introduction to Naval Shipbuilding course was developed by the Morrison Government’s Naval Shipbuilding College and industry and will be delivered through TAFE SA.

The on-line course will be offered by TAFE SA but will be available to students across Australia to learn about the Government’s National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise – including key concepts, terminology and projects.

This will put the students on a pathway to gaining employment within the enterprise.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price and South Australian Minister for Education John Gardner welcomed the specialist new shipbuilding course.

“The booming naval shipbuilding industry offers a wealth of long-term career opportunities for Australians,” Minister Price said.

“By 2030 Australia’s National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise will employ about 15,000 people across the nation, from trades to PhDs.

“We are ensuring that we have a workforce that can capitalise on the opportunities presented by the Morrison Government’s unprecedented $270 billion investment in Defence capability.”

Minister Gardner said while the course was online and self-paced, there were chat rooms to give students the chance to talk with lecturers and other students to further their understanding.

“Employers will have access to skilled jobseekers who are well prepared to enter the industry,” Minister Gardner said.

“The focus is on preparing students for the shipbuilding jobs of the future and ensuring they have the appropriate skills and experience as the Enterprise expands.”

Minister Price said individuals from outside shipbuilding who completed the course would be exposed to industry specific training to address the critical skills and knowledge needs of the current and future national naval shipbuilding workforce.

“The Naval Shipbuilding College and TAFE SA have been working closely on skills development for some time,” Minister Price said.

The Introduction to Naval Shipbuilding short course will start in April, with additional courses scheduled for May and June.

To find out more about the how you can enrol in this course visit: Introduction to Naval Shipbuilding - TAFE SA.

For more information on career pathways into Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Industry, visit:

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