Students given chance to earn their sea legs

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

School leavers looking to decide on their career path have the opportunity to delve into the world of marine operations thanks to the Pilbara Ports Authority.

The Pilbara Ports Authority’s Marine Cadet program has officially opened this week, with school leavers interested in the marine industry encouraged to join.

The program will enable successful applicants to be guided and mentored by experienced mariners from the Authority’s Port Hedland Marine Operations team, equipping them with the skills and experience required for a career in the maritime industry.

General manager of operations John Finch said the cadetship provided young locals with a viable and rewarding future in the maritime industry — an integral part of the global trade economy. “It offers a young local the opportunity to embark on a unique career pathway while learning essential skills to help them thrive in a rewarding and challenging work environment,” he said.

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The successful candidate will go on to undertake two years of training, including a short period of shore- based learning and the opportunity to gain sea time experience through an international shipping company.

Learning involves work experience at the Port of Port Hedland, as well as sea-going training through a recognised maritime college to build basic skills and knowledge in navigation and marine safety.

Completion of training, study and 300 days of sea time on vessels will see participants walk away with a Deck Watchkeeper qualification.

Applications close on March 5.

For more information visit pilbara ports.com.au.

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