THE Australian Maritime College and South Metropolitan TAFE have moved to strengthen their joint capability to supply skilled workers for Australia’s naval shipbuilding program.
The two organisations have signed a letter of intent to develop direct study pathways from South Metropolitan TAFE’s vocational training programs to the Australian Maritime College specialist undergraduate degrees in maritime engineering and global logistics management.
AMC is part of the University of Tasmania and vice-chancellor Professor Rufus Black said the collaboration would provide clear benefits to students, as well as ensuring education and training providers were meeting the needs of defence and shipbuilding.
“The federal government’s investment in the continuous naval shipbuilding program has led to significant career opportunities for the next generation of engineers, project managers and logisticians,” Professor Black said.
“As a national institute, the Australian Maritime College is very much looking forward to collaborating with South Metropolitan TAFE to create more opportunities for more students in Western Australia to participate in the growth of the shipbuilding industry.
“By working collaboratively with South Metropolitan TAFE, we will be able to build an integrated educational offering to enable people to advance their careers as the industry grows.”
The new collaboration is expected to build on a longstanding arrangement between South Metropolitan TAFE and AMC for articulation from their seafaring courses.
“We are pleased to extend the collaboration by providing additional pathway options to support the national shipbuilding industry,” South Metropolitan TAFE acting managing director Annette Keller said.