Business backs TAFE marine cour­ses

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

ALL Marine Ser­vices owner Al­lan Robin­son has re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion from the Bar­rier Reef In­sti­tute of TAFE in Can­non­vale.

The lo­cal business do­nated an op­er­at­ing marine diesel en­gine to the marine fac­ulty of the TAFE.

With the new ad­di­tion, stu­dents will now be able to per­form ser­vic­ing, main­te­nance and run­ning checks on a typ­i­cal mid-sized tur­bocharged diesel.

Marine teacher David Steven­son said the do­na­tion de­picted the close re­la­tion­ship be­tween the marine in­dus­try and TAFE.

“With the re­cent sav­age fund­ing cuts to ed­u­ca­tion by the Queens­land State Gov­ern­ment, money is tight and the fu­ture of qual­ity marine train­ing in this area is in jeop­ardy. This en­gine is a fan­tas­tic help and an ex­am­ple of the way TAFE has al­ways worked in with the lo­cal com­mu­nity. We ap­pre­ci­ate all the great work­ing part­ner­ships we have with lo­cal in­dus­try such as All Marine Ser­vices, True Blue Sail­ing and the Whit­sun­day Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue (VMR) among oth­ers,” he said.

Mr Robin­son said it was a plea­sure to do­nate some­thing that was go­ing to be used to ed­u­cate the next gen­er­a­tion of skip­pers and boat­ies.

The Bar­rier Reef In­sti­tute of TAFE runs full-time marine cour­ses in El­e­ments of Ship­board Safety, Marine Ra­dio, Master Class 5 (Master up to 24m), Marine En­gine Driver Grade 2 and 3, and tu­to­rial support to stu­dents en­rolled at Cairns In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Col­lege in Master Class 4 (Master up to 35m).

PROUD MO­MENT: Marine stu­dent Luke Os­borne, marine teach­ers Paul Catts, David Steven­son and All Marine Ser­vices owner Al­lan Robin­son show off the TAFE’s sec­ond­hand marine mo­tor.

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