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SM TAFE wins national defence award

South Metropolitan TAFE (SM TAFE) has won the Academic Institution of the Year Award at the Defence Connect Australian Defence Industry Awards held in Canberra on Thursday 16 September.

This national award recognises an academic institution that has driven demonstrable growth while supporting the strengthening of Australia’s defence and national security capabilities through their participation in the defence industry.

SM TAFE Managing Director Terry Durant said it was an honour to attend the Australian Defence Industry Awards in Canberra and receive national recognition for SM TAFE's contribution and partnerships with the defence industry.

"This national award recognises our defence industry training capabilities and reinforces our commitment to developing a pipeline of skilled talent for the industry," Ms Durant said.

"With more than two decades of working with WA's defence shipbuilding and sustainment industry, SM TAFE has a proven track record of producing job-ready workers."

SM TAFE's award submission showcased the Defence Industry Pathways Program, funded by the Australian Government, which was developed by SM TAFE in collaboration with the defence industry.

This innovative taster program exposes young people to a range of careers in the defence industry and 25 defence industry employers in WA are currently hosting trainees, with many graduates already gaining employment in the industry.