Naval shipbuilding college a welcome training boost

The State Liberals have today welcomed the Federal Government's announcement they will establish a $25 million naval shipbuilding college in Adelaide, designed to train workers to build $90 billion worth of naval infrastructure for our country.

“The Federal Government's new naval shipbuilding college gives real hope to young South Australians who want to build careers here in South Australia in the defence industries,” said Shadow Education Minister John Gardner.

“Given this extraordinary investment in South Australia from the Federal Government, it is critical that we maximise the benefit to young South Australians. We want South Australian skilled workers, and South Australian apprentices to be building these South Australian ships.

“Unfortunately the Weatherill Labor Government has neglected apprenticeships. The most recent National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) figures show that we have the lowest number of apprenticeship commencements in a decade, and we have had the most significant drop in apprenticeship commencements of all states over that period.

“Thousands of skilled tradespeople as well as construction workers are going to be employed in shipbuilding in South Australia and the State Government has done precious little to prepare.

“If a Marshall Liberal Government is elected in March next year, we will work closely with the Federal Government to ensure that the new naval shipbuilding college maximises the potential for as many young South Australians as possible to take up apprenticeships, and build careers in this exciting industry.”