Naval Group Australia expands host business program for future Attack Class workforce

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Naval Group Australia today launches a new phase of its local host businesses program, which is already delivering on-the-job training to 20 apprentices across South Australia, and expanding the partnership to include trainees who will play a key part in the Attack Class design.

The host business program involves Naval Group Australia linking with local companies who agree to give on-the-job training to workers in key trades required for the growing Attack Class project.

Naval Group Australia funds a significant proportion of the worker’s wages during the placement, and then provides graduates with pathways to exciting careers with the submarine program.

Naval Group Australia Traineeship and Apprenticeship Coordinator Toni Warner said the successful apprentice program had been a “win-win” for workers and businesses, and it was now time to expand it to trainees ahead of hull qualification section construction starting in 2023.

“When we start the construction of these advanced submarines in just a few years’ time, we will need people with special skills to help us deliver the unique vessels Australia needs,” she said. “That means we need to start, right now, on developing the submarine workers of the future.

“A great place for them to get the on-the-job experience they need is in local businesses, while we prepare the new and modern shipyard at Osborne that will be their workshop for the future.

“The Attack Class submarine project is already creating hundreds of jobs in South Australia. We want people from all backgrounds and experiences to join us on this important mission.”

Participants in the new Diploma of Engineering (Technical), developed in partnership between Naval Group Australia and TAFE SA, will gain access to the trainee host business program.

The diploma will offer experience and training in mechanical engineering, ship design principles including submarine-specific knowledge and drafting skills including 3D computer-aided design.

Adelaide steel fabrication business Gant & Sons currently hosts three Naval Group Australia apprentices. Gant & Sons specialises in metal fabrication and logistics and has delivered steel to major South Australian projects including the Repatriation General Hospital redevelopment, Angle Vale and Aldinga superschools, Sofitel Adelaide hotel and the SkyCity Adelaide upgrade.

Gant & Sons owner Wayne Gant said having wage costs co-funded by Naval Group Australia helped his business create jobs and increase output, without adding significant additional expense.

“It’s been a great experience for us to have new people come into the business, and know there’s assistance and support to help them through the period of learning new skills,” he said.

“I’d encourage other businesses to sign up as soon as they can. You can get young and ambitious workers into your workshop or business, and Naval Group Australia will co-fund their wages.”