Groups offer marina operations session in Australia

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A new marina industry traineeship will be offered for the first time in May in Sydney, Australia.

The Marina Industries Association and the Registered Training Organisation Safety Corp. announced the Certificate III in Marina Operations in December.

The Boating Industry Association Watsons Bay Boating Safety Education Centre will be the venue for the first group session of the trainees, who have enrolled from New South Wales marinas.

The trainees will begin with the topics of customer service and response to marina emergencies. MIA executive officer Colin Bransgrove said the gathering will mark a historic day for the marina industry.

“Traditional but progressive industries such as the marina industries have found it hard to recruit and retain workers,” Bransgrove said in a statement. “The addition of the traineeship to the marina career pathway strengthens businesses’ capacity to attract and retain long-term employees.”

Safety Corp. CEO Mark Robb said he was pleased to have the first group of trainees come together at Watsons Bay.

“While the vast majority of traineeship learning is on the job and online, the periods of group face-to-face learning are incredibly value for the trainees,” Robb said.

“They develop a strong and supportive network that provides many benefits, both in the workplace and personally. Safety Corp. put a lot of energy into the retention of trainees. Our successful strategies have resulted in a dropout significantly less than the national average.”

The MIA said it is committed to having the traineeship available throughout Australia in 2018.

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