Tasmanians are being urged to sign up to the naval shipbuilding college's workforce register after the institution revealed only 46 Tasmanians had signed up.
Launceston-based Australian Maritime College principal Michael van Balen said the workforce register provided a real opportunity for Tasmanians, along with people from other states, to sign up to be part of the federal government's naval shipbuilding program.
Mr van Balen, who took up the post as the AMC's principal earlier this year, said the shipbuilding college provided an opportunity for people to be part of "this great national endeavour" and enable them to link up their studies at the AMC with the national program.
"The workforce register enables people from around Australia who are interested in long-term shipbuilding career opportunities to express their interest and receive assistance through the skilling and employment process," Mr van Balen said.
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The federal government has committed $90 billion over the coming decade to modernise and strengthen the country's naval forces while building a strong, sustainable sovereign shipbuilding industry.
"Critical to this great national endeavour is a skilled workforce made up of thousands of Australians with the right skills to build Australia's new fleet," Mr van Balen said.
While Tasmania has only had 46 applications, the workforce register in total has had 1192 registrations from across the country.
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"As a Naval Shipbuilding College preferred provider of education and training, your training and education may very well occur at AMC," Mr van Balen said.
Courses at the AMC were endorsed by the Naval Shipbuilding College last week in a new partnership between the two institutions.
Several courses, including Naval Architecture, Marine and Offshore Engineering, Maritime Design and Maritime Logistics Management have been endorsed by the shipbuilding college as preferred courses for students interested in pursuing a pathway in the national naval shipbuilding plan.
It's expected the naval shipbuilding plan will result in the creation of 15,000 long-term sustainable jobs across the country, including in Tasmania.
The Naval Shipbuilding College is located in South Australia and it offers a hub-and-spoke model to connect it with other maritime higher education providers like the AMC.