HII, KBR to Establish and Manage Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding College
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Australia’s Department of Defence has awarded a contract to Naval Shipbuilding Institute (NSI), a joint venture between Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII’s) Technical Solutions division and Kellogg Brown and Root’s (KBR) Government Services division, to establish and manage Australia’s new Naval Shipbuilding College, HII announced in an April 3 release. This effort is in support of Australia’s mission to recapitalize its shipbuilding and maritime sustainment industry over the next several decades.
In announcing the request for proposals in 2017, Minster of Defence Industry Christopher Pyne emphasized that the Naval Shipbuilding College is a unique organization with one national purpose to “ensure the required workforce is equipped with the right skills at the right time to implement the government’s ambitious naval shipbuilding program.” Establishing the college is part of the 90 billion Australian dollar ($69.1 billion) planned investment in Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding enterprise over the next 30-plus years.
“We are pleased that the Australian government has entrusted our HII-KBR team with this important mission,” Technical Solutions President Andy Green said. “The HII-KBR team offers a strong combination of workforce development and training expertise that will be the foundation for the future success of the Naval Shipbuilding Institute. At HII, we have been developing shipbuilders for over 100 years, and we will build upon this to help grow a strong, well-qualified workforce for Australia’s naval shipbuilding and sustainment industry.”
HII and KBR have put together a team from the shipbuilding, education, training, academic and business sectors across Australia to ensure the mission of the Naval Shipbuilding College is properly executed. These organizations include the Australian Maritime College in Launceston; Australian vocational education and training providers in Adelaide and Fremantle; and AiGroup, Manpower Group, PwC, Defence Teaming Centre and the Defence Industry Educational Skills Consortium, all of which have extensive national presence across Australia. The team will leverage and build upon existing Australian capability to successfully deliver world-class workforce services for the college.