Eighteen high school students are the first of 1000 apprentices and graduates who will be employed by BAE Systems Australia’s shipbuilding business, ASC Shipbuilding, over a multi-decade program to build nine world-class ships for the Royal Australian Navy.
The students have all been recruited from 10 South Australian schools. A second intake of 22 students will occur later in the year as part of a regular and rolling intake of apprentices each year of the Hunter Class Frigate Program.
The apprenticeship program allows students to embark on the training while still completing school.
Apprenticeships in steelwork, mechanical, electrical and technical trades will be central to ensure the right breadth and depth of skilled workers are brought into the multi-decade program.
By the time nine anti-submarine warfare frigates are built, it’s estimated that three-quarters of the program workforce, including senior executives, will have started as graduates or apprentices.
ASC Shipbuilding Managing Director Hunter Class Frigate Program, Craig Lockhart said:
“Recruiting our first group of apprentices is an important and significant step for the Hunter Class Frigate Program.
“Programs such as this are important in creating long and rewarding careers in the industry.
“Now more than ever, creating new jobs, especially for young people, is a national priority and we’re pleased to play our part in supporting the nation’s economic recovery.
“We are committed to building a diverse and skilled workforce in Australia that will underpin an enduring shipbuilding capability, supporting Australia’s continuous naval shipbuilding journey for future generations.”