EmPLOymENT & BENEFIT TO THE LOcAL EcONOmy
The local shipyard is led by the General Manager/Director Mr. Gio Cervella a Class 1 Marine Engineer who has been in charge of very large ships which travelled the world over many years.
Mr. Cervella has worked extremely hard to train and pass on his knowledge to our local employees. He is complimented in this role by Foreman Mr. Mick Addison, engineering and shipbuilding Murray Eno, Jackson Roberts, Simon Farrell and Trent Mason. Port Operations and Quality Assurance are handled by M/s Leeann Ball. Chief Financial Officer is Jade Roberts.
Other employees carry out the welding, abrasive blasting and spray painting, diesel and general engineering, as well as electronics and vessel fitout trades.
Harwood Marine currently have eight apprentices contracted, two of which are adults who we are assisting to upskill their practical knowledge so that they can achieve the formal qualification. Apprentices form 13% of our workforce at present, which should increase to 16% early next year.
Our business has developed an apprenticeship plan, so that we continue to keep a stable flow of apprentices ranging from 1st year through to 4th year.
Should business grow further, we would consider engaging a further 2-4 apprentices in 2019 in order to ensure we have personnel that are trained with the highly specialised skills we need, due to the complexity of our field.
Our existing workforce is a blend of aged experience and youth, represented by the figures below:
• 16-30 years of age account for 34% of our workforce
• 31-45 years of age account for 36% of our workforce
• 46 and over account for 30%
These figures represent a clear split of the ages, so that we have young people coming through the ranks to replace the outgoing experience. This ensures that our succession plan for our business is guaranteed.
Harwood Marine prides themselves on offering great trades for our youth, with opportunities for those wanting to learn.
In fact, almost 20% of our existing workforce today are apprentices that have remained with our company. Over the last 10 years, we have retained over 50% of our apprentices overall, understandably losing some to the lure of mining and other industries.
“Almost twenty percent of our existing workforce are apprentices who have remained with our company”