ASC is contracted with the Australian Government to deliver the Sovereign Shipbuilding Talent Pool (SSTP).
The SSTP was established in September 2021 to retain, grow and develop the shipbuilding workforce impacted by the Attack Class Submarine Program’s (ACSP) cancellation. Retention of this skilled workforce is important to support the transition to build and sustain Australia’s future nuclear-powered submarines.
Workers from the discontinued ACSP were encouraged to apply to the SSTP through an online portal, with a dedicated team job-matching them to suitable roles within ASC.
The transition into ASC of 220 of these ACSP workers concluded in January 2023. Their roles are spread across the company in areas such as program management, commercial, engineering, corporate, operations and supply chain.
The SSTP program has now shifted from on-boarding this cohort to growing and developing their skill sets.
Transferring valuable skills
Anna spent nearly two years as an electrical engineer on the Attack Class program with Naval Group Australia, and is now putting her experience to work at ASC. She commenced work in her new role in January 2022 through the SSTP.
“The transition process has been well-planned and very smooth,” Anna says. “The people at ASC have a lot of pride in what they do.
“It’s rewarding to be able to use the skills I’ve developed on previous projects, while also learning new things and gaining new experiences.”
Anna values being part of something that is so important for Australia, and says her role provides a strong sense of purpose.
“The scope of work that we have at ASC is massive. It’s challenging and meaningful work.
“There’s a big future for the Australian defence industry”.