Shoalhaven residents will have the opportunity to jump start a career working in the defence supply industry, thanks to a new employment program starting at TAFE NSW Nowra.
In partnership with TAFE NSW and the Shoalhaven Defence and Industry Group, Training Services NSW is inviting expressions of interest to complete a free pre-employment program that will equip students with job-ready skills to gain employment in the industry.
The ten-week program starts on Novembe 2 and students will complete a Certificate I in Engineering and up to four weeks of work placement with Defence accredited businesses.
The program is part of a local strategy to help address skill shortages and support Shoalhaven defence suppliers to meet increased demand after the Australian Government's $200 billion investment to increase defense capability.
TAFE NSW Head Teacher Metal Fabrication and Welding Trades Nathan Bayliss said the program offers anyone looking to start a career or reskill the chance to explore a career pathway in a fast-growing industry.
"There is high demand in the Shoalhaven area for skilled workers in a range of areas, including advanced manufacturing, engineering, electronics, welding, and aircraft maintenance," said Mr Bayliss.
"Students will attend training three days a week at TAFE NSW Nowra, learning real-world practical skills in engineering and fabrication. The program will give students a competitive edge, with the skills ready to start work in the industry."
A number of local businesses, including Air Affairs Australia, will provide students with work placement opportunities to gain hands-on industry experience.
Air Affairs Australia Production Manager Darren Bramley said it's been challenging to find workers with the right skill set.
"This program will help train students with the work-ready skills industry needs and connect our business with potential job candidates," Mr Bramley said.
Register your interest in the Defence Industry Workforce program by contacting Daniel Bennett, Illawarra Yes Coordinator on 0408 937 070 or illawarrayes@Illawarrabusiness.com.au.
To learn more about other courses leading to careers in engineering, visit www.tafe.nsw.edu or call 13 16 01.