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of the Wedgetail modification program employees were sent to Seattle,
Washington, where the first two Wedgetail aircraft were modified before
work began on the remaining four aircraft at Amberley, Australia. The same
can be said for Boeing Defence Australia Super Hornet employees and the
instructors for the C-17 Aircrew Training System.
Thales has been part of the SADI program since its inception and are now
into their fifth year of collaboration. They are also hoping to receive some
funding from DIIST to support training through the Connect initiative.
Thales have established their own world class training to Small and Medium
Enterprises (SMEs) in the defence industry in Australia. Thales works
with Australian Industry and Defence Network (AIDN) and HunterNet to
determine industry training needs, and are a training partner for AIDN
NSW. They are a core member of the Defence & Industry Skills Taskforce
representing Defence, industry and the ADF.
Thales has established links nationwide with universities, TAFEs and
educational establishments. The provision of scholarships at several
universities is undertaken to encourage young people into engineering
and defence. Several of their staff members are also faculty members at
leading universities. Thales also participates in visits and ad hoc lectures,
and also reviews course material and takes part in case studies. Partnering
with TAFEs in regional areas is viewed as key to developing the company’s
future skills. Programs are in place to develop trades skills in areas linked
to Thales’ regional manufacturing centres. Thales also has a vibrant trainee
and apprenticeship program, in its Naval business, designed to encourage
specialist defence skills.
The company has invested in a dedicated ‘corporate university’, known as
Thales Training & Consultancy. Delivering over 300 face-to-face programs
and with 6000 courses available through eLearning, TT&C delivers well over
50,000 hours of learning to employees every year.
Thales also offers on the job training to non-defence employees entering
the defence industry for the first time. In addition, the company also has a
knowledge transfer program and a dual career ladder for the development of
expert technical knowledge.
With the ever-increasing pace of technological change and Thales’ desire
to improve its ability to execute complex projects, every project the company
works on requires constant up-skilling. Skills development is integrated
into each and every one of the company’s numerous projects with the
Department of Defence.
Thales has brought, and continues to bring, significant skills, expertise
and technology to Australia. With a far-reaching global network, diverse
product range, and 68,000 employees in over 50 countries, the company has
a deep pool of technology and knowledge from which to draw. Areas that
have benefited from skills and technology transfer include the company’s
underwater systems business as well as its air traffic management operations.
BAE SYSTEMS AUSTRALIA
BAE Systems Australia provides funding for the following programs through
Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) Program: trade and apprentices
up-skilling by completing engineering and trade courses; engineers
enhancing their skills through the Master of Engineering – Military Systems
Integration (MSI) and Masters in Systems Support Engineering (MSSE)
programs; careers and skills showcases at major events, such as Australian
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