The STS Leeuwin II's 2016 – 2017 season kicked off recently with voyages down to Bunbury and back earlier this month.
Palmyra resident, Callum Tromp (16) was one of six trainees onboard who were awarded a Woodside Marine Career Scholarship and joined the ship's first voyage of the season.
Throughout the week-long youth development program, the youth learnt key life skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication alongside thirty nine other trainees.
The Woodside Marine Scholarships are still available to any youths aged 14-25 interested in a career in the marine environment or maritime industry and reside in Karratha, Exmouth, Broome, Roebourne or Perth Metro region.
Sixteen year old trainee Callum Tromp has a strong ambition to be a Ship's Pilot and his sail on the STS Leeuwin II was a great starting point.
Callum describes his career aspirations.
"This voyage was the start of my career towards becoming Captain of cruise or cargo ship," Callum says.
He talks about his future after receiving the Woodside Scholarship and extends thanks to them having helped him on his way to achieving his goals.
"I'll be sure to let Woodside know how my journey is going. I'm sure one day I'll contact them saying that I have completed my Master 1," he says.
Claudia Jones (17) from Gooseberry Hill also received a Woodside Scholarship to join the voyage returning to Fremantle and explains her positive experience.
"Woodside have allowed me to experience something that pushed me to my limits and allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone," says Claudia.
For many years a voyage on the Leeuwin has been the catalyst for young people to pursue a career on the ocean.
CEO Carol Shannon describes the application process.
"To apply, all you have to do is describe your marine career aspiration, it could be anything from a role in the fishing industry, a marine chef, water police, marine law or marine architect," says Carol.
During the week at sea youth are involved in all operations of sailing the ship from doing night watches, taking the helm, setting sails and climbing the 35 metre main mast.
Scholarships are still available and cover $1500 of the voyage fare, leaving $600 to be covered by the applicant or local community.
The Leeuwin has three Youth Explorer voyages left for 2016. The 1614 Geraldton to Fremantle voyage, the 1615 End of Year voyage and the 1617 School Holiday voyage. For more information or to apply call (08) 9430 4105.
To find out more about the Woodside Marine Scholarships click here.
To find out more about the Leeuwin Marine Career Pathways click here.
To speak with our Scholarship Coordinator regarding the application process please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (08) 9430 4105.