North Queenslanders are preparing for naval shipbuilding jobs after TAFE Queensland announced it has received course endorsement from the Naval Shipbuilding College.
Naval Shipbuilding College Training Quality and Assurance Manager Paul Whetstone – who attended TAFE Queensland’s Cairns campus for the significant milestone – said the endorsement means Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade graduates will be acknowledged by shipbuilding and supply chain industries across the country as being ‘job ready.’
“This is great news for North Queensland students who will undertake training that directly aligns with the future needs of Australia’s growing naval shipbuilding industry,” he said.
“A critical component of the enhanced welding course will be to skill students how to weld in a restricted position, an essential requirement for potential employers.
“We need skilled workers to fill the projected 15,000 jobs that will be needed to build and sustain our future fleet, including the technologically advanced Attack class Submarines and Hunter class Frigates.”
TAFE Queensland chief executive Mary Campbell said many of these opportunities exist in Queensland’s thriving SMEs which form a critical component of the national naval shipbuilding supply chain.
“This endorsement represents a quality assurance guarantee to naval shipbuilders that the welding qualifications we deliver meet shipbuilding industry occupational standards and requirements,” she continued.
“Our welding graduates will have improved employment opportunities in the naval shipbuilding program.
“This is great news for our local economy, great news for people wanting jobs of the future and it’s a very exciting time for Queensland.”