Thirty-five students studying at two universities have been awarded National Naval Shipbuilding Pipeline Scholarship, helping to strengthen the pool of future engineering talent available for Australia’s shipbuilding programmes.
Twenty students from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and 15 students from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) were officially welcomed into the scholarship programme today by the Naval Shipbuilding College (NSC) and the Department of Defence.
NSC’s Chief Executive, Ian Irving said: “The NSC in conjunction with industry is leading the establishment and ongoing development of a highly skilled Australian shipbuilding workforce so industry has a highly effective workforce with the required skills, in the right locations, when they need them.
“The engineering degrees the students are undertaking, supported by the Defence funded pipeline scholarship, prepare them for critical roles within the shipbuilding enterprise, and will provide opportunities to secure meaningful careers within the sector.”
Recipients are studying in critical engineering disciplines including computer and software systems, mechatronics, mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.
The scholarship covers the costs of the student’s 3rd and 4th years of study, assists with the purchase of educational materials, and connects students with 12-week paid placements in companies involved in shipbuilding.
Irving said: “The 12-week paid work placement, included as part of the scholarship, provides an invaluable opportunity for the students to gain relevant professional experience and to put their studies to practical use – allowing them to hit the ground running post-graduation.”
The scholarship also aims to support and encourage more women to enter the engineering field.
Picture: Naval Shipbuilding College
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