Thousands of sailors, soldiers and aviators will be trained in technical trades under a five-year $300 million contract with Wodonga TAFE.
EDITOR’S NOTE: I apologise that I forgot to change the subject line in the News Flash I sent out about this story on 30 June. There’s no update on the BRS story – the News Flash was about this outsourcing of technical trade training. My excuse – multi tasking the News Flash while drinking beer and watching the mighty Rabbithos kick ass 😉
Serious question though – do you think this outsourcing is designed to improve technical trades in the military – or to save money? Answers in the comments section below.
CAPTION: With the stroke of a pen – Army’s Director General Training and Doctrine Brigadier Glenn Ryan signs a Joint Technical Trades and Training Services contract that will outsource ADF technical training to TAFE. Photo by Leading Seaman Tara Morrison.
In a significant change to trades training across Defence, the new Joint Technical Trades and Training Services contract will support the development of qualified and experienced 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 more than 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 Commodore of Training Commodore John Stavridis said the continued development of a highly skilled workforce was critical to achieving workforce goals and supporting ADF people.
“For the first time, trade-specific training will be delivered flexibly where and when it is needed,” Commodore Stavridis said.
“It will expand to support the growth of the Australian Defence Force and, importantly, will be rolled out across a number of locations to take the training to our people.”
Army’s Director General of Training and Doctrine, Brigadier Glenn Ryan said the new partnership is an important step towards an integrated ADF.
“The partnership with TAFE Wodonga has been set up with the future in mind, focused on preparing our people for a rich and rewarding career in the ADF.”
Defence is committed to investing in ongoing education and skills development opportunities for our personnel throughout their careers.
The new contract will commence in November this year.