Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has announced a new national Maritime Technical College will open in Adelaide next year to skill Australian marine industry workers in order to deliver a $90 billion continuous naval ship building program.

The college will have an initial investment of $25 million and will be tasked with delivering training in areas such as naval engineering, steel fabrication and welding.

According to Minister Pyne, although the College will be based in Adelaide, it will offer courses nationally to enable students to study at Universities and TAFE Colleges across Australia. 

The College will focus on up-skilling the existing workforce ahead of construction starting on the 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels next year, Future Frigates in 2020 and 12 new submarines in the early 2020s.

A tender for the College will be announced in the near future.