The Australian Government is laying the foundations for an Australia‐wide naval shipbuilding enterprise, through a continuous shipbuilding program that provides certainty to local businesses, and supports long‐term, secure employment for Australian workers.
By the mid to late 2020s, the naval shipbuilding workforce is expected to grow to an estimated 5,200 workers, with more than double this number employed in supply chains and sustainment activities.
A skilled workforce is critical to the success of the naval shipbuilding enterprise responsible for delivery and sustainment of the Royal Australian Navy's future frigates, future submarines and offshore patrol vessels.
On Tuesday 3 April 2018, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry, and Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, announced the establishment of the Naval Shipbuilding College. The Naval Shipbuilding College is managed by the Naval Shipbuilding Institute (NSI (Aust) Pty. Ltd.), a joint venture between Kellogg Brown & Root and Huntington Ingalls Industries.
The Naval Shipbuilding College will work with key stakeholders to ensure a suitably skilled and qualified Australian workforce is available at the right time to meet industry's needs in delivering Australia's continuous sovereign naval shipbuilding program.
The Naval Shipbuilding College, headquartered in Adelaide, will operate as a hub-and-spoke model that enables students to undertake courses through NSC-approved registered training organisations or higher education providers across Australia.
In addition, the Naval Shipbuilding College will establish and maintain a Workforce Register of individuals with skills, knowledge and capabilities relevant to the naval shipbuilding enterprise.
Graduates from the Naval Shipbuilding College will have the opportunity to work on major naval construction, including the offshore patrol vessels, the future frigates and the future submarines. Construction of the offshore patrol vessels will commence this year in South Australia.
The Naval Shipbuilding College is currently engaging with a range of stakeholders from the shipbuilding and sustainment industry, and the education and training sector. It is also developing a new website to support ongoing engagement.
In the interim, if you are interested in learning how you may be involved in naval shipbuilding, as a prospective student, or a potential industry, education or training partner, please register your interest through the Contact Us page.