The McGowan Labor Government has invested $2.4 million in the new campus, which will deliver a multi-skilled workforce to meet the naval shipbuilding industry's requirements. Consolidating heavy fabrication, marine fabrication, welding and composite apprenticeship training from the old South Metropolitan TAFE (SMT) Henderson and Rockingham campuses, the new facility was designed with training in mind. In close proximity to relevant employers, industry and the Australian Marine Complex, the SMT Naval Base Campus will offer a mix of apprentice training and fee-for-service as well as post trade training.
Housed within the Naval Base Campus is the WA Office of the Naval Shipbuilding College (NSC), which has its headquarters in Adelaide. The co-location of the NSC to WA, one of two major naval defence industry hubs in Australia, will enhance the partnership to meet the needs of shipbuilding and defence industries. In addition, the focus of the State Government’s Defence and Industry Strategy has recommended the establishment of a WA Defence Industry Workforce Office within SMT Naval Base Campus. The purpose of the office is to develop a workforce development strategy covering priority projects across all six capability domains in the Defence Integrated Investment Program.
South Metropolitan TAFE has been working in partnership with defence for more than two decades delivering a range of qualifications and courses throughout the State and nationally to all arms of the defence industry. Major defence partnerships include ASC Collins Class Submarine training services and technical services training for the Royal Australian Navy through a sub-contracting arrangement.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery commented:
"The opening of South Metropolitan TAFE Naval Base Campus will increase the availability of trained and skilled shipbuilding workforce State-wide and nationally and also places WA at the forefront of defence industry training.
"South Metropolitan TAFE has a strong reputation in defence and I have no doubt they will continue to play a key role in skilling Western Australians in preparation for defence industry demands."