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The South Australian Government, in partnership with defence industry, the Australian Government and our local education institutions, is committed to supporting and developing the state’s defence industry workforce. A number of key initiatives are in place to ensure South Australia has the highly skilled workforce in place to deliver key Defence projects, including the Attack class submarines and Hunter class frigates.

Workforce and Skills Campaigns

To support the growth of South Australia’s highly-skilled defence industry workforce, Defence SA currently has two campaigns in market.

Find your place and Make your move are aimed at educating and attracting the future workforce to defence industry jobs in South Australia.

From project management to combat systems engineering; contracts management to Information Technology; supply chain to WHS; marketing and communications to logistics; South Australia is offering exciting lifelong careers. Not only are there many long-term and rewarding career opportunities available, South Australia’s affordable and enviable lifestyle is ready for the taking.

The campaign website provides resources about defence industry study options, career pathways and job opportunities for school students, recent graduates, mature-age workers considering a career change and veterans. It also provides information for those looking to move to South Australia including relocation assistance, information on South Australia’s education system, property market and much more.

For more information, head to the campaign website.

Premier’s Defence Industry Scholarship Program

The Premier’s Defence Industry Scholarship Program supports the development of a defence-ready workforce by connecting South Australian university students with defence companies through scholarship placements.

The South Australian Government-funded program, administered by the Australian Industry Group, offers $600,000 in scholarships over three years to support eligible students to undertake work placements with local defence companies and gain defence industry experience.

Scholarships will be available to high-calibre students who are completing a degree in science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) or business, majoring in project management or logistics.

The program also provides financial assistance to small and medium defence businesses to support the administration costs of student placements.

The program is designed to support the defence industry to build in-demand skills, knowledge and experience, through work-based learning opportunities for university students and addressing key skills demand areas.

For more information or to apply, visit the AiGroup website.

Please direct all enquiries to Paolo Damante, Senior Policy Officer, Premier’s Defence Industry Scholarship Program: paolo.damante@aigroup.com.au.

Defence Industry Workforce and Skills Strategy

The South Australian Defence Industry Workforce & Skills Strategy 2018-2022 provides a clear and coordinated plan to build the state’s future defence industry workforce.

The strategy supports students and experienced workers to maximise career opportunities arising from naval shipbuilding programs and other projects across, ISREW, cybersecurity and big data.

The Strategy drives collaboration between the South Australian and Australian Governments, the defence industry and the education and training sector to better understand workforce requirements, and design and implement secondary and vocational training which is modular, agile and responsive to the demands of industry.

The Strategy is based on three key objectives:

  • Collaborating with the Australian Government and industry stakeholders to develop a fit for purpose defence industry workforce for current and future defence projects;
  • Building world-class capability across the education and training system to deliver graduates with the skills demanded by the defence industry; and
  • Working with the defence industry to co-design and co-invest in building workforce capability in the state.

The Strategy targets South Australian workers at all stages of their careers, including upskilling and cross-skilling current workers, encouraging veterans to explore career pathways in the defence industry, and ensuring our students, apprentices and trainees are developing the relevant trades, technical and STEM skills.

Click here to download the strategy

For further information please direct all enquiries to Emily Young, Director Defence Industry Workforce & Skills at Defence SA on +61 8 8463 6583 or at Emily.Young@defencesa.com

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