Growing the workforce of tomorrow

7 July 2023

More than 70 young Australians will start their nuclear-powered submarine careers this year thanks to a new program.

The Government is establishing an Early Careers Program in South Australia and Western Australia to develop the skills and experience needed to build and maintain the nation’s nuclear-powered submarines.

Under the program, ASC Pty Ltd will employ more apprentices, graduates and undergraduates, giving them hands-on experience in designing, building and maintaining submarines.

Defence Industry Minister Pat Conroy said the program presents an unparalleled opportunity for the nation, defence industry and the supply chain.

“ASC is a key industry partner for the Australian Government in developing the skills and experience needed in our transition from conventional submarines to nuclear-powered capability,” Mr Conroy said.

More young Australians will benefit from the same opportunity in the future with plans to increase the number of positions on offer each year.

Participants will have access to cutting-edge technology and training, while working alongside and learning from experienced professionals in the field.

Defence Minister Richard Marles said the program was another step towards growing the workforce needed for a sovereign submarine industry.

“The establishment of a nuclear-powered submarine capability in Australia will support around 20,000 direct jobs over the next 30 years. Developing the workforce to deliver the capability is vital to the success of the program,” Mr Marles said.

“The scale of work will be unlike any previous shipbuilding program in our history, and will deliver career and job opportunities for generations.”

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