Victorian Marine Industry Showcase Career Opportunities to Regional Students

Victorian Marine Industry Showcase Career Opportunities to Regional Students

Year 9 and 10 students and their teachers from schools throughout regional Victoria including Kyneton Secondary College, Mount Beauty Secondary College and Yarram Secondary College, were able to get a firsthand look at the Victorian marine industry, through an Immersion Day hosted by the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) and held at Sandringham Yacht Club on Tuesday, 26 April 2016.


Previewing Victoria’s growing marine industry, which contributes $4.5 billion to the Victorian economy and provides over 17,700 FTE jobs, students were able to see and gain information about the many varied career opportunities the marine industry has to offer.  “These students are potentially the future of the industry and we want them to see that we have a growing and healthy industry, that’s eager for them to be part of it as their chosen career path,” said Steven Potts, BIAV Chief Executive Officer.


Working in conjunction with the Career Education Association of Victoria’s (CEAV), Ready Set Go – Work Ready Program, that’s supported by the Victorian State Government, the BIAV Industry Immersion Day provided participating students with a real life experience and understanding of the industry.  “There are many different career opportunities within the marine industry and we want to make students aware of this,” said Potts.  “Working in partnership with industry businesses, CEAV and the TAFEs has been a great asset to us in promoting marine careers throughout the state,” said Potts.


The students were given a tour of Sandringham Yacht Club by SYC Chief Executive Richard Hewett, followed by a tour of SYC marina operations and several businesses dealing with marine upholstery, rigging, ropes, boat servicing and repairs, and boat sales.  Also in attendance were representatives from several TAFE providers including Holmesglen Institute and Kangan Institute, who provided students with information on the different training and education opportunities they offer.


The BIAV would like to thank the following businesses for their participation in the Immersion Day:

  • Richard Hewett and Paul Gascoigne from Sandringham Yacht Club
  • Dean Van Teylingen from Ropeable Ropes & Splicing
  • Brent Smiley from Procraft Marine
  • Barney Walker from Marine & Industrial Rigging
  • Dean Wheeler from Sandringham Marine
  • Gary Miller from Miller Marine
  • Mark Burwash from Cheltenham Auto Detailing
  • Stuart Jackson from R. Marine Jacksons
  • David Beck from Sundance Marine
  • Colin Miller from Offshore Marine Electronics
  • Neil Hancock from Aussie Boat Covers