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Developing apprentices for our Air Warfare Destroyers.

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THE HON. GREG COMBET MP Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement

Wednesday , 11 February 2009 003/2009


Greg Combet, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, today congratulated ASC and the Engineers Employers Association Group Training Scheme (EEAGTS) on their announcement of the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Apprentice Development Program.

The Program announced today will commence with the hiring of 10 fabrication and electrical apprentices this year with a further 10 planned to be hired next year.

The apprentices, employed by EEAGTS, will initially be hosted by local companies in South Australia where they will begin learning their trades. They will transfer to ASC upon completion of the Osborne shipyard where they will then complete their apprenticeship working on the AWD project.

“I would like to congratulate both ASC and EEAGTS on this wonderful initiative that will give 20 young South Australians a fantastic opportunity to start their careers working on one of the biggest defence projects Australia has ever undertaken,” said Mr Combet.

“The Rudd Government is committed to encouraging the development of skills within defence industry. It is estimated that the industry will grow significantly over the next decade so it is encouraging to see companies such as ASC investing in their future workforce now.”

The program was officially launched today at the new Maritime Skills Centre in Osborne.

ASC is the shipbuilder for the AWD Alliance, the body responsible for delivering three AWDs to the Royal Australian Navy. The other partners of the Alliance are the Defence Material Organisation and Raytheon Australia.

The first of the AWDs is scheduled for delivery in late 2014.

Media contacts: Rod Hilton (Greg Combet): 02 6277 4771 or 0458 276 619 Ben Osborne (ASC) 0412 251 390 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664