Gen­er­a­tional jobs key to ship fa­cil­ity

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - David Sal­vaire

Hen­der­son-based en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices com­pany Civmec has re­it­er­ated its pledge to pro­vide lo­cal jobs for gen­er­a­tions to come dur­ing a school tour of the fa­cil­ity last week.

Year 11 stu­dents from Ce­cil An­drews Col­lege were shown the site where con­struc­tion of a new $80 mil­lion ship build­ing, re­pair and main­te­nance fa­cil­ity was in progress.

The com­pany is hop­ing the project will help win a share of $89 bil­lion in de­fence work as part of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s off­shore pa­trol ves­sel pro­gram.

Civmec said 150 new jobs were be­ing cre­ated dur­ing the fa­cil­ity’s con­struc­tion and it would house about 1000 work­ers once com­plete, with 100 ap­pren­tice po­si­tions. Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of sub­sidiary com­pany For­gacs, Mike Deeks, said gen­er­a­tional em­ploy­ment was the key to the fa­cil­ity’s suc­cess.

“The build­ing will be here for more than 100 years so it will not only be these kids work­ing here, but their chil­dren and their chil­dren’s chil­dren,” he said.

“What we’ve al­ready got here is a lot of peo­ple and a fam­ily at­mos­phere, which we’d like to see con­tinue.

“We also see this as a great av­enue to grow re­la­tion­ships and con­tinue the strong con­nec­tions with South Metro TAFE.”

De­fence Is­sues Min­is­ter Paul Pa­palia said he was con­fi­dent jobs from the Civmec project would be picked up by res­i­dents in the Kwinana and Rock­ing­ham ar­eas.

“It makes sense for lo­cals who live close to Hen­der­son, who can see the cur­rent and fu­ture job op­por­tu­ni­ties, to seek to work there,” he said.

“As the ship­build­ing projects evolve, lo­cal train­ing providers will also be ac­tive in pro­vid­ing in­dus­try spe­cific train­ing for young work­ers from the area.”

Next month Mr Pa­palia will join a num­ber of de­fence ad­vo­cates at the PA­CIFIC In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Ex­po­si­tion to present WA’s case for the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment project.

“We are also con­tin­u­ing to press with the Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment to meet WA’s ex­pec­ta­tion that the SEA 1180 build pro­gram will see two ves­sels built in Ade­laide and the re­main­ing 10 in WA,” he said.

“The State Gov­ern­ment ex­pects that com­mit­ment to be hon­oured.”

Pic­ture: David Sal­vaire

For­gacs Marine and De­fence’s Mike Deeks shows stu­dents the Hen­der­son fa­cil­ity.

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