Sinclair Knight Mertz joins defence training program

Government invests $215m over 10 years

Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has joined the Skilling Australia's Defence Industry (SADI) Program.

Over the next three years SKM will receive up to $581,000 from the SADI Program to help train and develop its workforce across all operating divisions.

In the same period SKM will invest over $3.271m on workforce development demonstrating the company's ongoing commitment to supporting the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

SKM is a major contributor to the skills base supporting a number of key defence projects including the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer Program (SEA4000).

Minister assisting the minister for defence Bruce Billson said with support from the SADI program SKM will grow and supplement its existing training programs in the three key areas of project management, naval platform design and 3D computer aided design (CAD).

Billson said the program enables SKM to upskill and build on its workforce.

"Highly skilled people are the key to ensuring the ADF has the capability it needs to successfully meet challenges in Australia and around the world," he said.

"The Australian Government is committed to supporting our troops with world-class equipment and creating a robust local Defence industry with a strong and evolving skills base."

Over the next 10 years the Australian government will invest up to $215m to help defence industry generate additional skilled positions, upskill existing employees and improve the quality and quantity of skills training.

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