Education critical to developing Australia’s defence capability

For BAE Systems developing world-class technology is just one part of securing Australia’s naval shipbuilding future.

A skilled and educated workforce is equally important, and that can only be achieved through a close working relationship between industry and the education sector.

Anticipating it will create around 1,000 new graduate and apprenticeship positions, should the company be successful in its bid for SEA 5000, BAE Systems Australia recently launched a ‘call to action’ for the nation’s students to consider a future career in the defence industry.

Partnering with leading Australian universities and TAFE, BAE Systems undertook an education roadshow in late 2017, visiting higher education institutions around the country.

“The aim of the roadshow was to give students a firsthand introduction to the training and employment opportunities that will arise from the Federal Government’s shipbuilding program,” former BAE Systems’ Australia Chief Executive, Glynn Phillips said back in November.

“We want the brightest and best to see the potential in pursuing a career in the defence industry – whether that’s as apprentices in a range of trades, or as engineers, designers and project managers.”

BAE Systems has developed a recruitment strategy that includes an Early Careers Program to create a pipeline of apprentices and graduates throughout the build phase of the SEA 5000 Future Frigate program.

Apprenticeships in steelwork, mechanical, electrical and technical trades are a key component of the company’s strategy to ensure the right breadth and depth of skilled workers are brought into the multi-decade SEA 5000 program. At its peak it is expected the Early Careers Program will have a population of around 150 apprentices.

BAE Systems is also committing to working with community and industry leaders to develop apprenticeships for Indigenous employees, growing the company’s diversity through the SEA 5000 program.

Mr Phillips said BAE Systems actively supports education and skills development in schools and colleges across its global business, as well as offering an exciting range of graduate, undergraduate and apprentice opportunities.

“We have been working with key universities and educational institutions for many years to ensure that defence industry is on every students’ list of future career options,” Mr Phillips said.

“It is the engagement we have with students today that will supply the skilled workforce of tomorrow, and help deliver the nation’s defence capability over the coming decades.”

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