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Defence Industry Pathways Program

The Defence Industry Pathways Program is a 12-month traineeship that provides graduates with a Certificate III in Defence Industry Pathways. The traineeship offers hands-on training and experience within a range of areas within defence industry, such as manufacturing and engineering, computing, logistics, cyber-security, procurement, technical drawing and computer aided drawing.

Trainees within the Program will attend block training at our Fremantle Campus and will gain real-life experience through 12-week work placements with our defence industry partners.

View the demographics of all completed trainees here (2 MB) (PDF document)

Expressions of Interests

Although applications for the program are currently closed, we encourage you to reach out to the Defence Industry Team at the Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre to express your interest in the upcoming program. By registering your interest, you will be among the first to be notified when applications open again.

For more information

If you would like to hear more information or have any further questions on the Defence Industry Pathways Program, please contact our friendly Defence Industry Team. Additionally, the Jobs and Skills Centre is available to help with any inquiries regarding other defence industry programs, courses, and career opportunities.

Telephone08 9599 8655
In person: Jobs and Skills Centre, Building G, Rockingham Campus (Simpson Avenue, Rockingham 6168)

Please also follow our dedicated Defence Industry Pathways Program LinkedIn page to stay current with news about the program. 

Defence Industry partners 

Thanks to our current defence industry partners who are hosting our trainees:

Air-met Scientific Echo Marine Group ​​​​Marine Technicians Australia
ASC Franmarine Nihar Consultants
Austal Fremantle Foundry Orontide
Babcock ​​​Future Engineering Raytheon Technologies
BAE Systems  H-E Parts RMD Industrial Services
Beak Engineering Hofmann Engineering SAAB
BRE Engineering IKAD ​​​Success 5 Engineering
CIVMEC IMC - Naval Architects Teekay Australia
Coreiot James Fisher Defence Thales
CULLYS L3 Harris Ventia
Dobbie Engineering Luerssen WATMAR 
EIG Australia    


Hear from our host employers

Jeremy Antao - Operations Manager (WA), Marine | Australia, Babcock International Group

“Babcock has been involved in the Defence Industry Pathway Program (DIPP) since its inception as a host employer and member of the Steering Committee.

As a host employer, we provide our trainees with unique, multi-disciplined learning opportunities and introduce them to key skills and insights about the industry. Providing exposure across Babcock’s submarine and warship operations, we present our trainees with a range of activities from Engineering and Logistics to Project Management, giving them a broad range of domains to consider as career pathways.

We are thrilled to be part of a program that helps secure a future pipeline of highly skilled defence industry workforce.”

Blake Pilgrim - BAE Systems Australia Head of Production Operation and Transformation

“BAE Systems Australia is a proud supporter of the Defence Industry Pathway Program.

“The program helps to build and grow a future pipeline of highly-skilled shipbuilding industry specialists, which is particularly important to support future growth in the Defence sector.

“Individuals benefit from continuing their study and having it complemented by work placement rotations within the defence industry. Participants are exposed to the variety of career opportunities available within a global defence company such as BAE Systems.

“Employers, such as BAE Systems, also benefit by identifying future talent within the program.