Five year, $215 million apprenticeship program launched

50 apprenticeships available

Australian Defence Force (ADF) equipment supplier The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) and North Australia Technologies (NAT) have signed a five year agreement to deliver a tailored, in-house apprenticeship training program for the Northern Territory.

The new apprenticeship scheme, inked from the $215 million Skilling Australia's Defence Industry (SADI) program, will assist NT businesses to train their IT and electro-technology apprentices locally.

NAT will make a number of training places available to apprentices from other local employers.

Minister assisting the minister for defence, Bruce Billson, said NAT's initiative to develop a new in-house apprenticeship program in IT and electro-technology is part of the company's 10 year plan to grow its workforce.

"The NAT apprenticeship program will allow for a total intake of up to 10 apprentices each year for the next five years," Billson said.

"Distance, isolation and the critical skills shortage being experienced in the Northern Territory all played a significant part in NAT's motivation to develop and implement this apprenticeship program."

DMO director of the SADI program, Robyn Wall, said the NAT apprentice program is innovative and will add considerable growth in the Northern Territory's defence electronics industry.

"It is pleasing to note the increased numbers of small and medium enterprises such as NAT participating in the SADI program," Wall said.

"The program continues to demonstrate its utility and flexibility in ensuring Australia's defence industry increases and upgrades the diverse skills base needed to deliver world class equipment to the ADF."

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