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it is to be developed, and/or manufactured and sustained in Australia. The
greatest level of technology and skills transfer tends to come from large
technologically sophisticated projects that are developed, manufactured
and sustained in Australia.
Partnerships and programs are currently in place between Defence,
Government and Industry to provide the current as well as future
requirements relating to meeting sustainable Defence Industry Skilling. A
number are administered by the Department to address a shortfall in the
quality and quantity of workforce skills available to defence industry. These
are known as the Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) Program and
the Industry Skilling Program Enhancement (ISPE) Package.
The SADI Program aims to increase both the quality and quantity of
skilled personnel available to defence industry. The SADI grants program
is available to defence primes and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
working on Defence acquisition and sustainment contracts.
Various elements include:
SCHOOL PATHWAYS PROGRAMS
The establishment of the School Pathways Programs aims to increase
the number of students participating in Maths, Science and Technical
subjects. This program is being implemented in South Australia, Western
Australia and New South Wales focusing on providing a career path for
young people wanting to enter the industry. The programs focus on
manufacturing, marine and technology skills. These programs will increase
the pool of young people ready to move from school into further education
and apprenticeships, internships, scholarships, and part-time work/study
combinations in defence industry. It will also increase employer awareness
of options for recruiting young people and the value to business of doing
so. These are modelled on the highly successful Queensland Aerospace
SADI consists of existing industry partners who range from large primes
down to a micro company with two staff. As examples, existing SADI
agreements provide support for: apprentice programs (additional training,
some supervision, training tools, etc); cadetships and graduate programs;
masters level academic programs (e.g. Master of Engineering in Military
Systems Integration – UniSA – course development and delivery costs);
and short courses (ILS and Project Management including assessment and
DEFENCE TECHNICAL SCHOLARSHIPS
Provided to secondary school students, these scholarships encourage
students to study the necessary subjects to better equip them for possible
technical careers with the Australian Defence Force.
The Government has indexed defence spending at 2.5 per cent out to
2030, and agreed to continue the three per cent per annum real growth
in Defence expenditure out to 2017-18 (and 2.2 per cent thereafter). This
new funding model foreshadows growth in Defence’s demands of industry.
Changes in the force structure of the ADF over the next 10-15 years will see
up to 80% of its equipment upgraded or replaced. Defence industry’s skilled
workforce will need to grow in order to meet this demand.
The Joint Training Task Force (JTTF), established in 2007, allows both
Defence and industry to work together in order to address many of the issues
surrounding skills shortages
The JTTF comprises representatives from primes, SMEs, industry
bodies, unions, the Navy, Army and RAAF, the Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace Relations, the Department of Defence, and
the DMO. The JTTF has been a significant driver for many of the initiatives
contained in the ISPE Package. The SADI Program is the key strategy
assisting to meet these outcomes.
A number of companies have a vital role to play:
ASC currently has partnerships with both State and Federal Governments to
deliver programs such as naval vessel construction training, trade training,
Graduate Certificates, Diplomas and Masters Programs. These cover a range
of disciplines including Marine Engineering, Surveying, Systems Integration,
Test and Evaluation, Welding, Electrical, and Project Management.
Working with Industry partners, such as the Defence Teaming Centre, ASC
has successfully secured 60 Productivity Places. The Federal Government
funded Productivity Places Program (PPP) aims to increase the skills of
existing workers to meet industry demand by funding training that leads
to nationally endorsed qualifications. This has allowed ASC to upskill their
employees in a range of areas, thereby broadening the skill base within the
company. ASC also has links to Secondary schools, TAFEs and Technical
DEFENCE INDUSTRIES PATHWAYS PROGRAM (DIPP)
The Defence Industries Pathways Program (DIPP) is an engagement
program for schools that began as a pilot program called P2 in 2006.
The purpose of the DIPP is to support the development of a skilled AWD
Program workforce by increasing secondary school students’ involvement
in innovative Vocational Education and Training (VET) experiences related
to shipbuilding skills, including metal fabrication/design, technology/basic
electronics, etc. It highlights how involvement in these areas can then lead
to rewarding careers within the AWD Program and/or other defence projects
in South Australia.
AWD APPRENTICE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The AWD Apprentice Development Program is a joint commitment between
ASC Shipbuilding and Australian Industry Group Training Services (AiGTS)
to develop young people through apprenticeships to support the AWD
Program. Launched in 2009, it places selected apprentices with third-party
‘host’ organisations to begin invaluable on and off-the-job training.
ASC employees participate in two engineering Masters programs designed
specifically for the defence industry. The Master of Engineering, Military
Systems Integration was jointly developed by ASC, BAE Systems and Saab
Systems and is run by the University of South Australia.
ASC and the University of Adelaide have jointly developed the Master of
Marine Engineering. Students can specialise in submarine or surface ship
engineering - a first for Australia!
Other educational links include sponsorship of Technical College and
School-based apprentices; representation by ASC on Technical College
Boards; representation on the Advanced Technology Pathway Project
Advisory group and Production trade workshops at technical colleges.
ASC has a comprehensive training program to ensure all employees
are equipped with the necessary skills to work on the complex tasks of
maintaining submarines and building the air warfare destroyers. Programs
include Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Project Management (company-
wide initiative), and ASC’s two-year graduate program which exposes
graduates to a variety of disciplines within the company. When production
employees commence with the company they undertake in-house safety
training, are sent to external agencies for further training and are also given
specific ongoing training relevant to the position.
ASC Shipbuilding has taken on 22 apprentices as a result of its engagement
with the above programs.
Australian Aerospace has a current long-term Skilling Australian Defence
Industry (SADI) Agreement in place to cover training within the areas of
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