Babcock and AMC to deliver maritime training

Babcock International Group has signed an agreement with Australian Maritime College Search (AMCS) to jointly deliver specialist short courses in maritime studies.

Under the agreement, Babcock Training Academy (BTA) and AMCS will combine to offer high-end maritime short courses to students in areas including naval shipbuilding, ship design and complex naval systems. The AMCS/BTA team will help develop the next generation of defence and industry maritime project personnel, naval architects and designers to support the Australian NZ regional ship building & sustainment programmes.   

AMCS is the commercial arm of the AMC and a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Tasmania.  AMCS is one of the Defence’s key divisional suppliers and is responsible for tailoring training to meet industry needs. It delivers between five to 12 short courses per week, varying in length from one-day refresher courses through to longer 20-day block training sessions. 

Recently launched in Australia, BTA already delivers courses in Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide to students across subject areas including naval weapons systems, electronic warfare and engineering aspects of global positioning systems and will ramp up its activities to deliver between 20 and 30 courses by the end of 2015.

Babcock Australia and New Zealand CEO Craig Lockhart said the academy’s core goal was to meet the naval sector’s future skills requirements and teaming with AMCS would ensure quality content was delivered across Australia.

“Our agreement with AMCS presents students and industry with a compelling pathway into an exciting career in the maritime sector,” Lockhart said. “The timing for these short courses could not be more advantageous for students as the industry is now the focus of enormous investment in Australia and overseas as governments seek to create a continuous naval shipbuilding capability.”

AMCS CEO Dean Cook said the alliance provided an exciting opportunity to deliver Australia’s largest range of maritime short courses into new markets.

“AMCS, in collaboration with Babcock Training Academy, is looking forward to working with industry to develop new training products to meet their training needs,” Cook said.  

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