Local companies host future submarine tradespeople


Submarine builder Naval Group Australia has launched a new phase of its local host businesses program under which local Adelaide businesses agree to give on-the-job training to workers in key trades that will be required for its Attack class shipbuilding project.

The program, which is already delivering on-the-job training to 20 apprentices across South Australia, has been expanded to include trainees who will play a key part in the Attack class design.

The company 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.

On-site welding, fabrication and erection specialist Gant & Sons is one company hosting three Naval Group apprentices.

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.

Gant said: “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.

“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.”

Naval Group 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.

She said: “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.

“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.”

Participants in the new Diploma of Engineering (Technical), developed in partnership between Naval Group 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.

Apply for the host business program here.

Picture: Gant & Sons has joined Naval Group’s host businesses program

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