TAFE SA Principal Lecturer in Creative Studies Mark Wilson with screen and media students.

A collaboration between a leading defence technology company and education provider TAFE South Australia will result in Australia’s first Simulation and Training Diploma offered from 2018.

Rheinmetall Defence Australia has teamed up with TAFE SA to offer the 12-month course specifically designed to develop graduates with the high end graphics skills required to build defence-specific 3D virtual worlds.

Rheinmetall’s Adelaide-based operations focus exclusively on Electronic Solutions for a range of customers including the Commonwealth of Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group at Edinburgh and the Australian Army.

The course builds skills in the creation of 3D virtual worlds, mechanical props and supporting multimedia chiefly for defence support industries. The additional skills learned can also be applied in technical art and animation.

The qualification is a result of TAFE SA and Rheinmetall working collaboratively to develop skills to meet industry needs.

Rheinmetall Defence Australia’s business is a subsidiary of Dusseldorf-based technology and security group Rheinmetall AG and operates offices in Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Managing Director Gary Stewart said TAFE SA had shown a great deal of innovation in designing this course “so that together we can develop graduates that have the skills we need” to grow Australia’s defence industry.

“Rheinmetall will facilitate internships and industry content and we expect significant numbers of graduates will be selected for employment with us and other Defence and South Australian Industry employers,” Stewart said.

He said students undertaking the course would be able to launch their careers as digital artists in the simulation and training industry.

TAFE SA earlier this year partnered with South Australia’s three public universities and peak industry body the Defence Teaming Centre to help deliver a defence-ready, and especially maritime-ready, workforce with skills in engineering, information and computer technology, and a range of trades.

The new Defence Industry Education and Skills Consortium will work closely with multinational, national and local defence companies to ensure Australian jobs are at the forefront in defence projects worth $195 billion over the next 20 years. This includes the Australian Government’s $89 billion investment in naval ships and submarines, the bulk of which are expected to be built at Techport Australia in Adelaide.

TAFE SA’s Education Manager for Digital Media Liz Lowe said TAFE SA had been closely guided by Rheinmetall in tailoring the Simulation and Training Diploma to meet the needs of the Defence Industry.

“We are thrilled to be increasing the opportunities for our students to work on authentic workplace projects during their study and boost their chances of employment,” Lowe said.

“This qualification will give students a sound skills base in a range of specialised, technical competencies that are required in defence simulation and training applications and employment in defence support industries."

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