Geoff Crittenden and Ian Irving look on as Federal Assistant Training Minister Steve Irons witnesses the agreement

With Australia facing a shortage of qualified and certified welders, the Naval Shipbuilding College and Weld Australia are collaborating to draw up a national shipbuilding welding education and training competency framework.

Technological advancements are resulting in rapid changes to traditional training methods for apprentices and qualified welders. And welders will play a critical role in the workforce required for the Australian Government’s $90 billion continuous Naval Shipbuilding Programme.

According to Ian Irving, Chief Executive of the Naval Shipbuilding Institute: “Our common goal is advancing the progress of the welding skills required by the Naval Shipbuilding Programme.

“The agreement will allow us to share information across all parties and work together to develop an evolving and consistent national education and training competency framework.’’

Chief Executive Officer of Weld Australia Geoff Crittenden said Australia is facing a significant shortage of qualified and certified welders.

“Our collaboration with the Naval Shipbuilding College, formalised in the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding, will support the Australian defence industry,’’ he said.

“It will help ensure that the defence prime contractors have access to the skilled, qualified welding professionals required to successfully deliver the Naval Shipbuilding Programme.”

“Weld Australia is proud to be facilitating the growth of a world-class welding industry in Australia. We are committed to securing the future of Australia’s welding industry.”

Weld Australia’s National Manager for Strategic Partnerships Brian Rungie says that extensive consultation with key stakeholders will take place to identify the welding skills, capabilities, certifications and qualifications required to successfully deliver the Naval Shipbuilding Programme.

“Based on our findings, we plan to develop and deliver education and training models that support both the needs of the defence industry and those of Australian welders,’’ he adds.

“We will continue to encourage and support Australian fabricating firms looking to enter the naval shipbuilding supply chain, with assistance to become certified to AS/NZS ISO 3834 quality requirements for fusion welding of metallic materials.”


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