The Naval Shipbuilding College has been confirmed as the Premium Partner for the upcoming Indo-Pacific Defence Conference, Western Australia’s flagship defence industry event.
Hosted by the Perth USAsia Centre, the Conference will bring together experts across the military, industry, academic and government sectors from across the Indo-Pacific region.
Ian Irving, Chief Executive of the Naval Shipbuilding Institute, will present insights into the College’s integral role in developing the Australian workforce required to deliver the Australian Government’s $90 billion continuous National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.
He will join key note speakers including Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds, Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price, Shadow Defence Minister Richard Marles, Chief of the Defence Force General Angus J Campbell AO DSC, WA Premier Mark McGowan and retired senior defence officers from the USA, Japan, India, Indonesia and Korea.
“I will be discussing what the Naval Shipbuilding College is doing to ensure a coordinated, national approach to workforce development and skilling across the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise,’’ Mr Irving said.
“The College has expanded to Western Australia, recently opening an office at Naval Base to support our collaboration with local education and training providers, government and industry.
“We are focused on attracting and inspiring school students to embrace the naval shipbuilding industry as a career of choice and continue to build on our existing relationships with local industry and Small to Medium Enterprises to assist them in developing their future workforce.
Chief Executive Officer of the Perth USAsia Centre, Professor Gordon Flake, said the conference will build on last year’s success story and the Centre is delighted to be involved.
“The Conference brings together influencers, government officials and suppliers from across the state and nation with their counterparts from across the Indo-Pacific,” Mr Flake said.
“We are so pleased the Naval Shipbuilding College is on board this year as the Premier Partner, to support this important event for the defence industry, not just in Western Australia, but across Australia and the region,” he said.
The Indo-Pacific Defence Conference will attract 500 delegates to a full-day event hosted at Crown Towers, Perth on 12 August, including a defence industry exhibition.