A course teaching mandatory skills for those interested in working in the fishing industry will be run through Yalga-binbi Institute (Gidarjil) from 15 June.
The maritime training course, developed after consultation with the local maritime industry, is part of the Bundaberg Regional Skills Investment Strategy (RSIS) and designed to fill a niche, according to Mayor Jack Dempsey.
“The fishing industry has been finding it difficult to get people to work in the industry,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“If they did show interest, they had to get mandatory skills and would have to travel to either Brisbane, the Gold Coast or Cairns for the training.
“Through the RSIS project we have managed to get the Certificate I in Maritime Operations to be available locally, with Yalga-binbi Institute to deliver this Certificate.”
Tom Osborne, Environmental and Marine Training Centre Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Yalga-binbi Institute said the upcoming courses will be open to everyone.
“Yalga-binbi Institute of Community Development (YBI) has launched a suite of Maritime Training Packages which meet the AMSA requirements for applying for a Near Coastal Certificate of Competency,” Tom said.
“The training is conducted at our purpose built Environmental Marine Training Centre located at the Port of Bundaberg.
“The Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand NC) will run for one week from 15 June.
“Depending on meeting eligibility criteria this course may only cost the student $150.
“Eligibility criteria includes being an Australian citizen, being a resident in the Bundaberg local government area and the applicant does not hold or is not currently enrolled in a Certificate III or higher qualification.”
“Our next Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 NC) will commence from 10 August.
“This is an intensive training program run over 14 days with the balance of days allocated to assignments and other activities.
“Shipboard Safety Skill Set will be included in this training course.”
This Regional Skills Investment Strategy project is proudly supported and funded by the Queensland Government.
For further information on the training courses email Maritime.Trainer@gidarjil.com.au or call Tom Osborne on 0436 009 065.
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