Creating the future shipbuilding workforce

The State Liberals have welcomed the news that 200 workers will be shifting from the Air Warfare Destroyers project to submarine construction and maintenance.

“The Federal Government’s massive shipbuilding program offers enormous opportunities for South Australia and it’s critical that the State Government ensures South Australians are at the front of the queue for these up coming jobs,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“The fact 100 of the transferring workers will be upgrading their skills to enable them to shift to submarine construction and maintenance highlights the need for a new Minister to take responsibility of training in South Australia.

“The TAFE SA accreditation debacle highlights the need for the Weatherill Government to overhaul its role in the establishment and delivery of critical training courses in South Australia.

“The Weatherill Labor Government’s training system is in a mess and it would be grossly irresponsible to leave this critical area in the hands of a failed Minister.

“Minister Close cannot be trusted to oversee the development of appropriate courses to provide the necessary skills for South Australians wanting to work in shipbuilding.

“South Australians must be given the opportunity to obtain the requisite skills and qualifications to fill as many jobs on these projects as possible.

“We have world-class shipbuilding infrastructure at Osborne and a highly skilled workforce but we must ensure we further develop our skills to take full advantage of these shipbuilding opportunities.

“It would be a wasted opportunity if when this shipbuilding work starts in South Australia we have to bring employees in from interstate and overseas.

“South Australia has been presented with an exciting opportunity, it’s time for use to grab the opportunity with both hands and ensure we have the skills to fill as many jobs as possible.”

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