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Youngsters Get a Lift on the Aqua Career Ladder

by Ellen Hardy
19 February 2008, at 12:00am

SOUTH AUSTRALIA - A training course to address the growing demand for aquaculture workers has been launched by the Seafood Training Centre of Excellence, the course are being run at the Australian Fisheries Academy in Port Adelaide, South Australia.

It aims to give young people the skills they need to move straight into the workforce.

The first 14-week session started in January and most of the current participants are local, but others come from across the State.

The course includes eight weeks training for Certificate II in Seafood Industry (Aquaculture), four weeks of on the job training at seafood enterprises around Port Lincoln, training in other certificates and licences, and industry visits to aquaculture and finfish operations. Students will learn a diverse range of skills from small boat handling and survival at sea to how to handle stock.

According to the Port Lincoln Times, the course has been funded to the tune of $176,000 from the Federal Government and more funding for further courses may be provided if the first two intakes prove successful.

Samara Miller, Executive Officer for the Seafood Training Centre of Excellence said the program combined training in the classroom with work experience and additional instructions for relevant licenses and certificates. Representatives of the aquaculture industry had given their input to develop the course so it was tailored to give students the skills that any potential employers were looking for.

Student Stacey Stone hopes to use the course to secure a career in the sector.

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Ellen Hardy