The Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation has been named as a finalist for the WA Industry Collaboration Award, sponsored by the Department of Training and Workforce Development.
Anne-Marie Archer CEO at the Leeuwin comments on what this means to the Foundation.
“The Leeuwin Foundation is proud to be named as a finalist for the WA Training Awards. It has taken years of hard work by a number of marine industry partners and education providers to introduce our Marine Careers Pathway Program, which supports young people keen to pursue a career in the marine industry,” said Ms Archer.
“In light of the program's success, Woodside have generously funded scholarships for young people who are interested in a marine career to experience first-hand what is like to go to sea on a working ship.”
“We couldn’t be happier that we are able to offer youth without any seafaring experience to come onboard the STS Leeuwin II. As a trainee we are able to empower them, with self-determination and relevant interest in a marine career, to become a professional seafarer through assistance in gaining relevant qualifications.”
Recognition in this area will help to raise awareness for the program, and ensure the Leeuwin Foundation are able to continue to offer this assistance for many years to come.
“There has been considerable work put into the development of Marine Career Pathway Program to ensure it can run seamlessly within our award winning Youth Development Program which means they really do get the best of both worlds!" said Ms Archer.
Once youth have experienced a maiden voyage, they can return as a volunteer to continue their experience and personal development. For those interested in a career at sea, they are able to build on their sea time and gain experience which is an amazing foundation for future careers.