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Extension announced for Defence Industry Pathways Program

The Australian government has committed to an $11.4 million, three-year extension of the Defence Industry Pathways Program in Western Australia.

The DIPP 12-month skills development program allows participants to obtain a nationally recognised Certificate III in Defence Industry Pathways, to promote growth and retention of a highly skilled Defence workforce.

The extension is expected to provide an additional 150 positions in the program over the coming three years. Development of a highly skilled Defence workforce was highlighted as a priority by the Defence Strategic Review, released earlier this year.

“(The extension) provide more participants with knowledge and experience, and a pathway to gain essential skills that will be required by Australia’s defence industry well into the future,” said acting deputy secretary naval shipbuilding and sustainment Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm.

“As we face the most challenging strategic circumstances since the Second World War, the acceleration of important capabilities and activities is vital.

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