ASC's Interim Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Whiley, said the new additions will ensure ASC is well placed to take part in future submarine and shipbuilding projects, and remains ready, willing and able to do so.
“Our apprentices have the unique opportunity to work alongside some of Australia's best submarine and shipbuilding trainers and supervisors on what are arguably the most complex naval construction and maintenance programs underway anywhere in Australia,” Mr Whiley said.
“We are proud to remain one of the largest employers of apprentices in South Australia, and these new workers will join Australia's largest specialised naval defence team that is focussed on innovation and is continuing to perform in the Collins Class submarine maintenance and Hobart Class air warfare destroyer construction programs,” he said.
Mr Whiley also announced Jack Donaldson from ASC's Fabrication team as this year's winner of the Alan Saunders Apprentice of the Year Award.
Edging out a number of fellow graduates, he was found to be the apprentice who had consistently demonstrated an outstanding level of initiative, while applying a high level of safety awareness and a commitment to ASC's values.
“I am honoured to be chosen as the 2015 Alan Saunders Apprentice of the Year and look forward to contributing to the ongoing maintenance of the Collins Class Submarines as a qualified tradesperson,” Jack said.
The incoming apprentices were officially handed their hard hats by ASC Interim Chief Executive Officer Stuart Whiley, while ASC Shipbuilding Chief Executive Officer Mark Lamarre presented the graduating apprentices with their certificates at a ceremony attended by family, friends and fellow workers.
In addition to the 10 new apprentices and 27 graduates across ASC's local submarine and shipbuilding activities, four new and two graduating apprentices were also welcomed in Western Australia.