Major change to defence trades training


Thousands of sailors, soldiers and aviators will be trained in technical trades under a five-year $300 million contract with Wodonga TAFE.

More than 100 accredited and non-accredited courses will be delivered for the construction, engineering, mechanical, electrical and electronics trades, which will benefit over 2,000 students per year.

The new contract will also enable thousands of sailors, soldiers and aviators to further develop their skills in technical trades in locations where they work and live.

This is the result of a new Joint Technical Trades and Training Services contract which supports the development of qualified and experienced Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel in multiple locations across Australia

Navy’s Commodore of Training John Stavridis said: “For the first time, trade-specific training will be delivered flexibly where and when it is needed.

“It will expand to support the growth of the Australian Defence Force and importantly, will be rolled out across a number of locations to take the training to our people.”

Army’s Director General of Training and Doctrine Brigadier Glenn Ryan said the new partnership was an important step towards an integrated ADF.

“The partnership with TAFE Wodonga has been set up with the future in mind, focused on preparing our people for a rich and rewarding career in the ADF.”

The new contract will commence in November 2023.

Picture: Defence/Members of 144 Sig Sqn load camouflage netting onto a communications vehicle at the Murray Bridage Training Area during Exercise Cobra Run.

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