An $18.34 million package has been unveiled to help build a pipeline of skilled workers to support upcoming defence projects to WA and enhance the State’s capacity to secure future defence work, which is expected to be valued up to $75 billion nationally over the next decade.
This workforce investment will help with the construction of up to 45 naval vessels from 2024-25, generating about 700 direct and indirect jobs.
The package includes:
- $8.5 million for an additional $20,000 incentive, on top of existing financial subsidies, for shipbuilding employers to take on apprentices in key trades
- $2.85 million to create an additional 335 apprenticeships in nominated defence trades
- $3.3 million in training and development of new TAFE short courses to create a ‘defence ready’ workforce
- $800,000 in scholarships to encourage women and Defence veterans to take up a career in the defence manufacturing industry
- Equipment upgrades to facilities at South Metropolitan TAFE to assist with training in defence-related industries
- The establishment of a dedicated defence industry team at Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre to undertake careers promotion across all schools and provide advice to job-seekers and potential workers
- Development of a maritime defence industries toolkit to provide practical advice for job-seekers.
The program will be co-funded between the State Government and industry, with each party contributing $5,000 per scholarship. It will create 20 scholarship opportunities per year for both women and Defence veterans.
For more information:
- visit WA Recovery Plan Initiatives
- see the $18.34 million package to build defence manufacturing workforce media statement.