ASC has launched recruitment for more than 25 new apprentices to join its teams in South Australia and Western Australia, building local skills for upcoming submarine programs.
Applications have opened for ASC’s annual apprentice intake and positions are available for people who want to start careers in trades including metal fabrication, electrical and mechanical engineering. There is also a renewed focus on attracting women to the industry.
The new apprentices will be employed at ASC’s sites in Adelaide, and Henderson in WA.
ASC currently employs 74 apprentices, and has almost doubled the number of females in the group from six to 11 since the end of last year. Apprentices receive on-the-job and theory training from ASC’s experienced experts, as well as the chance to pursue long-term careers in Australia’s growing submarine industry by working on Collins Class programs.
ASC sustains the Collins Class submarine fleet through major and minor sustainment activities and upgrades at Osborne in SA and Henderson in WA. The Collins Class Life of Type Extension program will ensure the fleet continues serving Australia into the 2040s, and integrate contemporary technology.
ASC Chief Executive Officer Stuart Whiley said apprenticeships offered young people who were starting their employment journey, and those considering a career change, the opportunity of rewarding work on programs that were important to Australia’s future.
“This is an exciting time for Australia’s submarine industry as we sustain the Collins Class fleet, prepare for their Life of Type Extension and build the trades and engineering skills that
will be needed to support future shipbuilding programs,” Mr Whiley said.
“Apprentices who join ASC develop skills for life, in long-term and secure jobs. They have opportunities to progress their careers as Australia’s defence industries continue to grow.”
ASC last year also welcomed aboard 12 apprentices who formerly worked on the Attack Class submarine program, under the Sovereign Shipbuilding Talent Pool program.
Mr Whiley strongly encouraged women to consider careers in Australia’s submarine industry, and to apply to the ASC apprenticeship intake launched today.
“I’m proud that ASC provides a welcoming and supportive workplace that harnesses all the skills and talents that are found across our community,” Mr Whiley said.
Mikkie Johnstone is two years into an apprenticeship at ASC, and learning skills including welding and metal fabrication, to complete a Cert 3 in fabrication engineering.
“I’d encourage anyone who has thought about a career in submarines to step forward and apply,” she said. “It’s a rewarding job that gives you the pride of having welded things and worked on structures that become part of Australia’s submarines.”
Applications for the apprentice program close on July 18.
To apply now, go to: https://www.asc.com.au/careers/apprenticeship-program/