Babcock and Australian Maritime College commercial arm to deliver maritime training

06 Oct 2015

SYDNEY, Australia: Babcock International Group today signed an agreement with AMC Search (AMCS) to jointly deliver specialist short courses in maritime studies.

Under the agreement, Babcock Training Academy (BTA) and AMCS will combine to offer high-end maritime short courses to students in areas including naval shipbuilding, ship design and complex naval systems. The AMCS/BTA team will help develop the next generation of defence & industry maritime project personnel, naval architects and designers to support the Australian & New Zealand regional ship building & sustainment programmes.  

AMCS is the commercial arm of the Australian Maritime College and a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Tasmania. AMCS is one of the Australian Defence Department’s Key Divisional Suppliers and is responsible for tailoring training to meet industry needs. It delivers between five to 12 short courses per week, varying in length from one-day refresher courses through to longer 20-day block training sessions.

Babcock is the largest work-based training provider in the United Kingdom - with clients including the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, Volkswagen Group, BMW, and Marriott - delivering technical training, apprenticeships, bespoke training academies and leadership & management training courses to over 5,500 employers.

Recently launched in Australia, Babcock Training Academy already delivers courses in Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide to students across subject areas including naval weapons systems, electronic warfare and engineering aspects of global positioning systems and will ramp up its activities to deliver between 20 and 30 courses by the end of 2015.

Babcock Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Craig Lockhart said the academy’s core goal was to meet the naval sector’s future skills requirements and teaming with AMCS would ensure quality content was delivered across Australia.

“Our agreement with AMCS presents students and industry with a compelling pathway into an exciting career in the maritime sector,” Mr Lockhart said.

“The timing for these short courses could not be more advantageous for students as the industry is now the focus of enormous investment in Australia and overseas as governments seek to create a continuous naval shipbuilding capability.”

AMCS Chief Executive Dean Cook said the alliance provided an exciting opportunity to deliver Australia’s largest range of maritime short courses into new markets.

“AMCS, in collaboration with Babcock Training Academy, is looking forward to working with industry to develop new training products to meet their training needs,” Mr Cook said.

AMCS offers the largest range of mandatory and tailored maritime related short courses in Australia, together with consultancies for the Australian and International maritime sectors and for the Department of Defence. Consultancies range from port development and ship hydrodynamic simulation studies through to applied research for Defence and government agencies.

AMCS is proudly celebrating 30 years in the maritime training and consultancy sector business in 2015.

Babcock is one of the fastest growing engineering support service companies in the Australian market, adding Australian Helicopters and Bond Helicopters Australia to its local portfolio in 2014. The company has over 700 skilled staff working in Australia/New Zealand who design, build, manage, operate and maintain assets essential to Babcock’s customers and their operations.