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Hunter frigates welcome record cohort of apprentices

BAE Systems Australia has welcomed a record number of apprentices to begin their defence industry careers at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia.

Forty apprentices have begun their journey into technical trades onboard the Hunter class frigate program, joining more than 1,800 people already working on the project – nearly 1,400 of whom are based at Osborne.

Most apprentices will start roles in manufacturing, piping and mechanical trades, along with five starting work in electro-technology and machining in the production workshops, and seven existing BAE employees continuing their career journey as mature-aged apprentices.

Managing Director of BAE Systems Australia – Maritime, Craig Lockhart, said these apprentices underscore the country’s commitment to establishing a sovereign shipbuilding workforce.

“We welcome each apprentice into the Hunter program and look forward to their development and contribution towards Continuous Naval Shipbuilding in Australia,” said Mr Lockhart.

“I started my own career journey as an apprentice technician and look forward to working alongside the cohort as they progress, developing skills and a combined capability that ensures South Australia is a key part of the CNS for decades to come.”

Metal fabrication apprentice, Wren, shared their excitement in starting their career.

“I’m really passionate about the shipbuilding industry and [am] looking to build a career in it,” Wren said.

Learn more about apprenticeships and traineeships at BAE Systems Australia