ASC is proud to partner with the Australian Government to deliver the Sovereign Shipbuilding Talent Pool (SSTP).
The SSTP was established in September 2021 to redeploy workers on the Attack Class submarine program into current and new naval shipbuilding programs, and other Australian defence projects.
The SSTP is retaining and enhancing the unique skills and know-how required to maintain Australia’s sovereign submarine build and sustainment capabilities, and ensure the nation is ‘work ready’ for the anticipated nuclear-powered submarine program.
Over 230 Naval Group Australia and Lockheed Martin Australia employees have accepted offers to transition into ASC through the SSTP. They are working on current programs, including the Collins Class Sustainment and the Life of Type Extension, and will participate in exciting learning and development opportunities.
ASC is implementing the five streams that comprise the SSTP.
The five streams of the SSTP underpin skills development throughout ASC’s workforce and enable knowledge transfer to support Australia’s future nuclear-powered submarine program.
Stream 1: Work on existing ASC programs
This work stream supports ASC’s existing work, which includes upgrading and enhancing the Collins Class submarine fleet through the Collins Class Submarine Sustainment and Life of Type Extension Programs. Many previous workers from the Attack Class Program have already transitioned into these roles.
Stream 2: Enterprise placements
This stream will second ASC employees into other Australian shipbuilding programs, to continue to build their skills and share their knowledge.
Stream 3: International placements
Specialist ASC employees will participate in placements with international partners, in order to facilitate knowledge exchange. The goal of international placements is to grow Australian expertise in nuclear technologies into the future.
Stream 4: Learning and Development Program
The Learning and Development Program will further refine ASC’s modern shipbuilding skills and will support current and future submarine programs. This program is being developed in collaboration with the Australian Government’s Nuclear-Powered Submarine Taskforce to ensure courses and training align with the needs of the future nuclear-powered submarine program.
Stream 5: Taskforce advisory services
This stream will see subject matter experts participate in, and provide advice to, the Australian Government’s Nuclear-Powered Submarine Taskforce.
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”.