I am a skilled worker
Workers from these industries are likely to have highly transferable skills, making them ideal candidates to transition to a career in Defence Industry.
Upskilling and Retraining
Many roles in Defence Industry utilise transferable skills from other industries; however, if you are interested in building more specialised skills, check out some of the training options available to you.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
VET qualifications are a fast, cost-effective tertiary education pathway designed to deliver workplace-specific skills and the latest industry knowledge for a wide range of occupations. Plus, previous learning and your work experience may be taken into account so you may not have to study subjects you have already passed.
Vocational Skill Sets
‘Skill Sets’ are training units developed in partnership with industry to address a defined need or specific licensing / regulatory requirement which may help you start your career in Defence Industry.
For Defence Industry, look for these skills sets offered by your local TAFE: Welding Supervisor, Fluid Power, Coded Welding Flux Cored Arc, Coded Welding Gas Tungsten Arc, Coded Welding Manual Metal Arc Welding (Pipe).
JobTrainer provides access to free or low-fee VET courses to prepare you for work in fast-growing industries needing skilled workers. Each state and territory government has different eligibility criteria for JobTrainer courses so be sure to check what is available in your area.
Naval Shipbuilding needs you!
The Government’s Naval Shipbuilding College can help workers identify what specialist or bridging training is required to transition into a new career in shipbuilding.
The 2017 Naval Shipbuilding and Sustainment Plan anticipates a required workforce of around 15,000 people across new vessel acquisition, sustainment and the supply chain.
To learn how you may be involved in naval shipbuilding please register your interest through the Naval Shipbuilding College website.
Register today for your free chat with our team.
Government Support and Grants
The Government is working in partnership with SMEs and leading defence companies to support upskilling and retraining workers.
Grants for Defence Industry
If your small or medium-sized business is looking to invest in its defence-related capabilities, you can apply for a grant that will between 50 to 100 % of your costs depending on the grant.
Growing your business
The Office of Defence Industry Support (ODIS) provides a range of services to support defence industry businesses. These services help small to medium-sized Australian businesses grow their capacity to meet Defence capability needs and join global Defence Industry supply chains.
Defence Global Competitiveness Grant
A grant of up to $240,000 to help your business invest in projects addressing barriers to exporting and build your defence export capability.
JSF Industry Support Program
Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Industry Support Program - Sustainment Grants provide Australian businesses with between $50,000 and $250,000 to fund up to 50% of eligible projects to win work in the sustainment phase of the JSF Program.
Up to $1m per year over three years are available to Australian universities involved in a successful submission to the Australia-United States Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (AUSMURI) program.
Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grant
A grant of up to $500,000 to help your business with skills development and training in defence industry. More than 90 businesses are already working to grow their skills base after receiving funding to upskill and train their workforces.
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Where to next?
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