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Government of South Australia - Department of State Development


    Boosting South Australia’s defence workforce and skills

    South Australia is spearheading the largest, most complex naval shipbuilding and defence projects in our nation’s history.

    A highly skilled workforce will be crucial to ensure ongoing and successful project delivery, continuing the state’s leading role in addressing the nation’s growing security challenges and protecting Australia’s interests.

    To support this activity and develop the state’s defence workforce, a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the South Australian Government and defence company, BAE Systems Australia.

    The signing of an MoU will enable the South Australian Government and BAE Systems to co-design and develop new initiatives and projects that increase the diversity of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) pipeline and address critical skills needs for future defence projects.

    BAE Systems will also leverage global industry expertise from its UK arm of the business, which designs and manufactures naval ships and submarines and innovative combat systems and equipment.

    BAE Systems Australia Managing Director Maritime, Craig Lockhart, said demand for highly skilled employees across Australia cannot be overstated.

    “The BAE Systems Submarine Skills Academy in the UK is a model that has proven highly successful in the acceleration and creation of significant numbers of job ready employees in support of sovereign national programs.

    “The MoU with the South Australian Government will open up new and innovative ways for us to work collaboratively and take an innovative approach to further build the skills we need here in South Australia.”

    Want to gain new skills in defence, ship or submarine building?

    South Australia’s first technical college, Findon Technical College, has recently opened enrolments to support the state’s skills needs across growing industry sectors, naval ship, and submarine building.

    BAE Systems will be the college’s key employment partner, supporting the delivery of advanced manufacturing and engineering learning program.

    For more information and to apply, visit the Technical Colleges website.

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