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Name of Collaboration: CII in Engineering Pathways VET in school Industry Collaboration program

Collaborating partners:

BAE Systems Maritime Australia
Department for Education
Parafield Gardens High School

PEER implemented the Certificate II in Engineering Pathways Vet in Schools program) for Year 10 and 11 students in partnership with government, industry and schools. The Certificate II in Engineering Pathways VET in schools program supported students with the skills and knowledge required to be successful in applying for a school based traineeship and apprenticeship as part of the Shipbuilding Readiness Training program.

South Australia has a focus on defence with a pipeline of naval shipbuilding programs confirmed for the Osborne Naval Shipyard over the next 30+ years.

BAE Systems Maritime Australia identified an immediate need for 18 trainees and that they would need a pool of approximately 60 applicants to fulfil this need. The Shipbuilding Readiness Training program used the Certificate II in Engineering Pathways VET in Schools programs as a recruitment method to support this demand. The key innovation was how this qualification was used to promote a pathway into the Certificate II in Engineering traineeship enabling the student to achieve their SACE whilst transitioning to a career within shipbuilding.

In 2019, BAE Systems Maritime Australia approached PEER to discuss skills shortages in the defence industry, the lack of pathways into Engineering and the potential impact this could have on their business into the future.

In consultation with BAE Systems Maritime Australia and Department for Education, PEER supported the expansion to existing Certificate II in Engineering Pathways VET in Schools programs. PEER’s program was based on innovative activity-based training methods to engage participants in the program and in an apprenticeship pathway.

PEER approached schools to identify who would participate in the program. There was significant interest from Parafield Gardens High School and Christies Beach High School with both schools signing up.

With a strong start, by term 3 of 2019, PEER had 24 students enrolled in the Certificate. Today, PEER is working with 5 schools over 8 programs to deliver this program to 69 students.

The collaboration is a successful example of how PEER is working with industry and the school sector to:

  • develop pathways to apprenticeships for school students
  • drive apprenticeship growth in a skills shortage area to support the government’s strategy to deliver graduates with the skills demanded by the defence industry.