RJC Kicks Off Maritime Industries Initiative
The Redlands Regional Jobs Committee met with MP. Kim Richards and TAFE Qld to discuss a strategy to deliver a Certificate I in Maritime Industries to high school students in the Redland Coast. Committee member, Rhett Bowlen, said ‘that successful delivery of the course is an important step for the city. He said, ‘With hundreds of kilometres of coastline, the course further strengthens the marine industries offering within the Redlands Coast.’
- Kim Richards and Regional Jobs Committee members Rhett Bowlen & Rebecca Young.
The challenge is that the Certificate I is that it is not VET supported, which makes it challenging for students to pay for the course if they want to take the first into the industry. The course provides the first step for high school students to pursue a maritime career ie. deckhand, marine mechanic or captain etc, or to formally pursue a Coxswain.
The committee has identified the benefits of course which provide flexible skills that can be applied to all future employment related to Maritime Industries, including:
- Assist with routine maintenance of a vessel;
- Apply basic survival skills, procedures & OH&S;
- Work effectively as part of a crew on a vessel up to 80 metres Work effectively as part of a crew on a vessel; and,
- Apply general purpose hand skills aboard a vessel & basic lookout duties.
The Regional Jobs Committee is spearheading a Maritime Industries initiative, seeking to engage with over 20 industry business via an industry round table to be held in late June. The intent is to confirm the industry’s support for the course, with the committee providing direct engagement with industry.