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NSW set to grow defence workforce

New and existing workers across the defence and aerospace sector are set to benefit from a suite of new training initiatives to help meet industry demand and create a pipeline of skilled and job-ready workers.

Speaking at the Hunter Defence Conference, Minister for Enterprise, Investment and
Trade Alister Henskens said 40 per cent of Australia’s defence and aerospace industry
call NSW home, with the Hunter hosting key Air Force and Army establishments.

“The defence and aerospace sector is a priority industry for NSW and is underpinned
by our world-class advanced manufacturing capabilities, and our workforce deserves
to have the necessary, and latest tools to take advantage of all opportunities in this
sector,” Mr Henskens said.

“To train people in this critical industry, the NSW Government is bolstering TAFE
NSW’s capability by investing $2 million in high-tech training assets, which will
enhance the educational experience for welding students, grow the economy and
secure a brighter future for NSW.”

The Hunter Defence Conference provides a platform for NSW small and medium
enterprises to showcase their products, skills and innovative ideas to representatives
from across the defence sector.

Australian Industry and Defence Network CEO Brent Clark welcomed the investment
in training for the industry.

“We need more people getting the skills they need for jobs in the defence industry and
it’s great to see the NSW Government proactively addressing future skills needs to fill
jobs now and into the future,” Mr Clark said.

For more information visit, https://www.investment.nsw.gov.au/living-working-and-business/sector-opportunities/defence-and-aerospace-in-nsw/