Thousands of sailors, soldiers and aviators will be trained in technical trades under a five-year $300 million contract with Wodonga TAFE.
In a significant change to trades training across Defence, the new Joint Technical Trades and Training Services contract supports the development of qualified and experienced Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel in multiple locations across Australia.
More than 100 accredited and non-accredited courses will be delivered for the construction, engineering, mechanical, electrical and electronics trades, which will benefit over 2000 students per year.
The new contract will also enable thousands of sailors, soldiers and aviators to further develop their skills in technical trades in locations where they work and live. Navy’s John Stavridis, said the continued development of a highly-skilled workforce is critical to achieving workforce goals and supporting our people.
“For the first time, trade-specific training will be delivered flexibly where and when it is needed. It will be rolled out across a number of locations to take the training to our people,” he said. Army’s Brigadier Glenn Ryan said the new partnership is a step towards an integrated ADF.
Defence is committed to investing in ongoing education and skills development opportunities for our personnel.