Partnership signed to prepare workforce for naval shipbuilding

Weld Australia has signed an agreement to develop a national shipbuilding welding education and training competency framework, with the Naval Shipbuilding College.

With welding required for major projects such as the $90 billion continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program, and Australia facing a shortage of qualified and certified welders, the framework would establish standards and commonality in training, skilling, and certification.

Weld Australia has identified the key stakeholders to inform which skills, capabilities, certifications, and qualifications will be required to deliver the shipbuilding program, as Brian Rungie, Weld Australia national manager for strategic partnerships, highlighted.

“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,” said Rungie.

With the Naval Shipbuilding Program not only requiring a volume of work, but highly technical and specialised welding skills, the use of new technology will play a key part in delivering quality welded parts and components, backed by the applicable standards.

“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,” said Rungie.

The agreement was signed at PACIFIC 2019, highlighted the human needs beyond the technology on display, as Geoff Crittenden pointed out.

“Our collaboration will help ensure that the defence prime contractors have access to the skilled, qualified welding professionals required to successfully deliver the Naval Shipbuilding Program.

“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,” said Crittenden.