The Marshall Liberal Government will invest $1 million in state-of-the-art welding simulators at the Regency Campus of TAFE SA to prepare South Australians for job opportunities in naval shipbuilding.
“There is a tsunami of naval shipbuilding work heading to South Australia and the Marshall Liberal Government wants to ensure South Australians fill those jobs,” said Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni.
“Welding techniques required for shipbuilding are of a higher quality standard than regular welding techniques used in construction and manufacturing – welding simulators will allow students to practice their technique until they consistently meet the quality standard.”
It is anticipated that the continuous naval shipbuilding program in South Australia will require around 2,600 more tradespeople from 2020 to 2027.
“We have heard that almost half of this demand will be for welders with more than 1,100 required,” said Minister Pisoni
“Investing in training equipment like welding simulators and providing funding for additional work based apprenticeships will help us create the skilled workforce that is required to fully capitalise on the naval shipbuilding program.”
Weld Australia CEO, Geoff Crittenden, praised the welding simulator initiative and said that it would revolutionise welder training in South Australia.
“The successful implementation of this innovative training initiative will revolutionise welder training in Australia,” said Mr Crittenden.
“It will raise the standard of welders in South Australia so that they are ready to join this historic shipbuilding program and put our welder training on par with the best in Europe and America.”
The Marshall Liberal Government is also introducing the following measures to further develop South Australia’s skilled workforce:
· Working with industry to strengthen South Australia’s VET system, including giving industry a stronger voice through the re-establishment of Industry Skills Councils;
· Creating more than 20,000 new apprenticeships and traineeships utilising the Federal Government’s Skilling Australians Fund;
· Reforming the Subsidised Training List so that it is guided by industry and opening up funding contestability;
· Establishing a new technical college in Adelaide’s western suburbs with a focus on defence.