Navantia Australia champions STEM in Defence

30 November 2017

Navantia Australia is proud to be the gold sponsor of Australian Defence Magazine’s STEM in Defence Summit presented in Canberra today. The Summit is the first of its kind in Australia and will focus on the overwhelming need for the defence industry to champion and grow the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workforce.

Developing a robust STEM workforce is critical to the safety and security of our nation and Australia’s defence industry stands to benefit enormously from increased competency in these areas, said Navantia Australia’s Managing Director Donato Martinez.

“Australia’s future defence projects spanning land, air, cyber and sea require innovation, economic productivity and excellence in research and development – all of which are underpinned by STEM capability. Building and maintaining sovereign capability, whether it is in naval shipbuilding, electronic warfare, or munitions and explosives, relies heavily on a highly skilled STEM workforce. We’re already working with universities and TAFEs to build the skills of the future workforce who’ll form the foundation of a sustainable, sovereign shipbuilding enterprise,” Mr Martinez said.

Navantia Australia’s Human Resources Director Pauline Richards will participate on a panel at the Summit and discuss the importance of STEM students to the defence industry and the future of industry’s collaboration with the education sector.

“Navantia Australia has built strong relationships with industry bodies and academic institutions across the country to develop Australia’s STEM workforce. We are committed to investing in STEM partnerships and training programs to create more jobs and offer lifelong careers in shipbuilding,” said Ms Richards.

“We will continue to foster a pipeline of highly skilled designers, engineers and naval architects. By championing careers in STEM, Navantia Australia is ensuring we’re able to provide the most capable ships for the Royal Australian Navy in order to keep Australia safe.”