Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that the Federal Government has committed up to $588,000 to Western Australian shipbuilder Austal to boost the skills of their workforce.
Mr Clare was joined by Member for Brand Gary Gray and Member for Fremantle Melissa Parke to make the announcement at Austal’s Henderson shipyard today.
“This funding will go towards training apprentices and the further skills development of qualified technical and professional staff here at Austal,” Mr Clare said.
“This includes extra training for more than 140 workers in critical areas like project management, systems integration and systems engineering.”
Mr Gray welcomed the announcement saying that this was part of the Federal Government’s plan to develop the Australian defence industry.
“We’re really proud of Austal and the terrific work they’re doing here in Western Australia,” Mr Gray said.
“This funding will boost the skills of workers, helping build a more skilled Defence industry for the future.”
Ms Parke said it was important that Western Australian companies like Austal could take advantage of the Federal Government’s investment in skills and training in the Defence industry.
“Companies like Austal are competing with the mining sector for skilled workers, especially here in WA,” Ms Parke said.
“That’s why the Federal Government’s investment in skills is so important and it’s great that this Western Australian company has been able to take advantage of it.”
The funding is part of $14 million in skills funding for the Defence industry the Minister announced today as part of the Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry program.
Since 2005 the program has funded more than 24,000 training places, including more than 2,200 apprentices.
“Over the next decade we will invest $138 million to boost skills and improve training in the Defence industry,” Mr Clare said.
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