BAE Systems Australia, Pennant Training Systems Limited and RMIT University partnered to win the five year $107 million contract, with annual one-year extensions up to 20 years.
Under the contract, the team will provide initial and postgraduate training for ADF aircraft-related technical trades to about 900 students per year at RAAF Base Wagga.
BAE Systems’ General Manager Aviation Solutions John Quaife said the team was looking forward to becoming a long-term member of the Wagga community.
“We’re committed to supporting Wagga jobs and 90 per cent of this new BAE Systems, Pennant and RMIT University workforce is coming from the local Wagga community,” Mr Quaife said.
“As this contract will introduce a new leading-edge aviation technical training system, our workforce requirements are very different to the previous training arrangements.
“About 70 employees will be needed to deliver this new contract, with 80 per cent of all roles permanent full time. We have sought expressions of interest from the local community and have so far recruited 60 people into instructor and operational support roles. We expect recruitment to be finalised over the coming weeks.”
Mr Quaife said the team would deliver the ADF a leading-edge aviation technical training capability that provides value for money and new perspectives in training delivery.
“Our solution brings together BAE Systems’ 20 years of aviation training expertise, Pennant’s state-of-the-art training aids and RMIT University’s extensive experience in learning styles and instructional techniques for the modern training environment.
“We’re proud to be entrusted to help prepare the ADF’s future aerospace technicians to support the next-generation aircraft and equipment.”
BAE Systems and its partners will work closely with the ADF to ensure that the challenge of introducing new training methods is achieved with as little disruption as possible.