Set­ting sail for a great ca­reer

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education -

STU­DENTS from 20 Perth high schools learnt more about ca­reers in the mar­itime industry at Fre­man­tle Ports last week.

More than 80 Year 9 stu­dents, in­clud­ing some from John XXIII Col­lege, took part in the event, with ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing climb­ing the rig­gings of the sail train­ing ship Leeuwin, par­tic­i­pat­ing in a div­ing and un­der­wa­ter communications work­shop and watch­ing prac­ti­cal marine safety train­ing.

Leeuwin Ocean Ad­ven­ture Foundation, the Royal Aus­tralian Navy, Aus­tralian Boarder Force and Chal­lenger In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy were among those in­volved in the ed­u­ca­tional event.

Fre­man­tle Ports chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Leatt-Hayter said the aim was to give stu­dents a chance to learn more about mar­itime industry ca­reers.

“The mar­itime sec­tor of­fers a wide range of in­ter­est­ing ca­reers, but in some fields, both in Aus­tralia and in­ter­na­tion­ally, there is a short­age of skilled per­son­nel,” he said.

“With the help of our industry part­ners, our aim in host­ing the Mar­itime Ca­reers Day is to make a con­tri­bu­tion by draw­ing at­ten­tion to the ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties and ed­u­ca­tional and train­ing path­ways lead­ing to them.”

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