June 9th, 2017

Celebrated in the first week of June, World Oceans Day provides a focal point for Australians to think about careers within the maritime and seafood industry. Careers with a focus on environmental sustainability and hands on learning will profiled in the lead up to National Skills Week, Australia’s primary week to celebrate vocational education and training (VET), held annually in August.

“The marine and seafood industry, comprises of many career outcomes that can see Australians work in a unique career pathway, setting students and career changers up for a life out of the office and spent at sea,” says Kirstin Casey, General Manager at SkillsOne.

Careers including master of vessels, ship board management, marine engine driving and aquaculture all abound in the maritime and seafood industry, with options on where to go for vocational education and training in this sector ranging from quality private training providers to TAFE, both offering suitable courses country wide.

One such provider, is Seafood Training Tasmania, a Hobart-based training provider, national VET Alumni member and 2014 Australian Training Awards’ Small Training Provider of the Year. Seafood Training Tasmania is a not-for-profit Registered Training Organisation managed by representatives of the main sectors of the Tasmanian seafood and maritime industries. This small training provider is a ‘one-stop shop’ for all your training needs, who’s main clientele are the aquaculture and marine tourism operators across the state.

CEO of Seafood Training Tasmania, Rory Byrne said, “We have about 900 students and run about one hundred different courses depending on the year. The expertise required to deliver these courses, everything from specific management skills to operating the latest navigation aids, means we require a team of specialist trainers with rare skills. These trainers are Seafood Training Tasmania’s main asset.”

With a growing demand for sustainable seafood and a strong need to protect our waterways, the maritime and seafood industry will continue to serve up dynamic careers at the forefront of change across the country.

SkillsOne will be showcasing VET qualifications during National Skills Week from 28 August to 3 September 2017. During this week, Australia will celebrate the limitless career opportunities available through a VET qualification. To organise an event, or take part in the many events that can be found across the country, visit the National Skills Week website.

For further information on Seafood Training Tasmania’s story, or other great career stories from the Australian Training Awards, VET Alumni program or the Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador program, visit the Australian Training Awards website.

For more information please contact: Kirstin Casey (General Manager at SkillsOne) Mobile: 0420 652 558 Email: kirstin.casey@skillsone.com.au

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