An innovative training program designed to develop the seafaring skills of the Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people and improve maritime safety in the region has been recognised at a national level.
The Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania took out top honours in the “Excellence in Industry Promotion” category at the Transport and Logistic Industry Skills Council’s 2014 Awards for Excellence.
The awards offer the opportunity to recognise and celebrate exceptional achievements and contributions made by organisations in training and workforce development in the Industry.
Representatives from the maritime training department joined AMC Board Chairman Dr Michael Vertigan AC to accept the award at a gala event in Melbourne on Thursday, 10 April.
AMC Vocational Education and Training Manager Jarrod Weaving welcomed the accolade, saying it was testament to the dedication of his team.
“We are fortunate to have a group of committed trainers who are focused on providing an outstanding learning experience to all of our students,” Mr Weaving said.
“This award is recognition of the team effort that went into planning, developing and delivering the program and helps reaffirm our mission statement to be Australia’s national centre for maritime training, education and research.”
AMC was invited to deliver three Coxswain and Marine Engine Driver 3 courses as part of the Torres Strait Marine Safety Program; a partnership between the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Maritime Safety Queensland, Torres Strait Regional Authority and Queensland Police.
A total of 43 students have completed the program on board the training vessel Elizabeth II and are now formally qualified with a nationally-recognised certificate and commercial licence.
“The program provides the Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people with the skills and confidence needed to run sustainable maritime and fisheries-related businesses. The students learn about the safe operation and maintenance of vessels, including vessel handling, engineering, navigation and seamanship skills,” Mr Weaving said.
“It has played a vital role in the economic development of the region and there are plans to expand the program by offering it across northern Australia, from Cape York in Queensland through to Western Australia’s Kimberley region.”
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