A new government-backed “Launch into Work” training program aims to address a lack of skilled welders in the superyacht and boat-building industries in Queensland, Australia. The forecast deficit of welders is predicted to worsen as the industry expands, according to the state.
The program involved a 10-week, pre-employment training program delivered by Queensland TAFE at its SkillsTech Acacia Ridge Campus earlier this year, followed by a two-week placement and on-the-job experience. Thirteen qualified specialist welders graduated on May 3.
“This initiative has been developed with TAFE Queensland, SkillsTech and superyacht industry representatives to offer a unique competency and proficiency-based program to provide specialist welders to AS/NZ 1655 standard, which is required on vessels in survey,” stated Alan Sparks, CEO at East Coast Apprenticeships.
The program is also supported by the Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business.