A NEW cadet program in South Australia aims to put 25 young people to work in the maritime and fishing industries.
The state government has offered a $450,000 Regional Development Fund (RDF) grant to the Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy to support placing 25 cadets in full-time employment through its Coastal Mariner Cadetship program.
Cadetships will be open for people aged between 18 and 25 who are either unemployed or not in full-time employment.
The selection criteria will consider an applicant’s previous work history, with a preference in weighting to those who have not previously been employed.
The program starts off with a 17-day pre-cadetship course involving online study, in-person training at the Academy’s Port Lincoln campus and a five-day sea voyage.
After completing the course cadets are to undertake a two-year employment contract combining full-time work with maritime or industry-based employers in regional SA. Cadets will also continue studying at a Certificate II or III level.
State regional development minister Geoff Brock said the program would provide real career opportunities, assisting the state’s fishing and maritime industries to offer young unemployed people with training and a job.
“Our fishing and maritime industries support thousands of local jobs with many of them based in our regions,” he said.
“These industries play an important role in South Australia’s economic success story.”
Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy CEO Bob Miller said the Academy would be honoured to deliver the cadetship program.
“We’re looking forward to passing on knowledge and expertise to an enthusiastic group of young people, guiding them to pursue long-term carers in the maritime and fishing industries,” he said.
As part of the program, industry-based employers will be subsidised $6000 each year for two years for each cadet they employ.