The Daily Examiner - - ADVERTORIAL -

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”

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