Marine Tourism Training
Training is vital to every business. Tourism is no exception.
Marine tourism operations tend to require greater multi-skilling
of the workforce than other industries. Getting and keeping the
right employees with the right qualifications is a constant
challenge to managers. Efforts to improve marine training has
continued over the past ten years led by the Queensland
Industry Training Advisory Board (ITAB).
Although nationally recognized syllabi for tourism and
hospitality subjects have existed for many years, it has taken
until this year to have a similar maritime training package
available whose modules can be inter-mixed with other
disciplines to create individual training packages for industry
sectors or larger companies. AMPTO members and Chapters have
supported initiatives to provide marine training when and where
it is required at affordable costs.
Marine training is being successfully delivered in the
Whitsundays at Cannonvale TAFE under the auspices of
staff from the Australian Maritime College, Launceston. The
administration of TAFE marine training is controlled by the Wide
Bay campus. Local TAFE colleges provide details of course
availability. Refer to their websites above. Recruiting
appropriate school-leavers into the industry is an important way
to provide community benefits and understanding of our industry.
Various organisations exist to provide assistance in the school
to work transition period of young persons’ career paths. The
Vocational Partnerships Group Inc. based in Cairns is typical
providing specific marine job path support.
Contact Ray Barrett on 07 40321677, or view their website
Government financial assistance is available to employers who
employ trainees of any age. There is no good reason why the
majority of any business’s employees cannot be on various
subsidised traineeships providing for entry and on-going career