First apprentices join frigate construction effort

The first shipbuilding apprentices to join the Hunter Class Frigate Program have been welcomed to South Australia’s Osborne Naval Shipyard.

Eighteen high school students are the first of 1000 apprentices and graduates who will be employed by BAE Systems Australia’s shipbuilding subsidiary, ASC Shipbuilding, building nine new ships.

A second intake of 22 students will occur later in the year with students embarking on the training while still completing school.

Apprenticeships in steelwork, mechanical, electrical and technical trades will be offered.

By the time nine anti-submarine warfare frigates are built, it is estimated that three-quarters of the workforce, including senior executives, will have started as graduates or apprentices.

ASC Shipbuilding Managing Director Hunter Class Frigate Program, Craig Lockhart said: “We are committed to building a diverse and skilled workforce in Australia that will underpin an enduring shipbuilding capability, supporting Australia’s continuous naval shipbuilding journey for future generations.”

ASC Shipbuilding is working closely with the Naval Shipbuilding College to ensure it has the right workers, with the right skills at the right time.

Picture: BAE Systems Australia

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