A pathway to a maritime career

A pathway to a maritime career

Indigenous Affairs Economic Development
Monday, 08 January 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Young adult man with short hair and moustache, dressed in orange work wear and wearing safety glasses, examines a piece of metal he holds up high in his gloved hands.

Promising trainee Justin Ryan understands the value of learning a trade and gaining skills for life.

After working as a mechanical trade assistant in the mining industry, the Port Kembla local recently commenced training with Maritime Employees Training Limited (METL) in preparation for a new career.

Justin is one of 2 Indigenous trainees whose careers have been launched through METL’s Indigenous Employment Program (IEP).

After completing the Certificate III in Transport and Distribution (stevedoring) as a self-funded student at South Metropolitan TAFE, Justin was encouraged to take up the Maritime Operations (ISeaman) Traineeship.

‘After finishing my Certificate of Education I thought long and hard about undertaking a traineeship,’ Justin said.

‘Having previously worked on the wharf as a stevedore for almost nine years, I was looking to return to the maritime industry which offered better challenges and opportunities for progression,’ Justin said.

‘I like learning different skills every day and learning how to become a seaman. It also helps me physically and mentally. The guys that I am working with are very supportive and I really enjoy working with them every day,’ Justin said.

METL Operations Officer, Kevin Hunt said Justin is a highly motivated and diligent worker.

‘He is able to take on all aspects of the job,’ Kevin said.

‘With the unusual structure of this traineeship and the nature of the work placement, a large part of the success of a trainee is determined by the character and work ethic of the trainee themselves. With Justin we are confident he will exceed our expectations and progress well in the industry.’

Kevin said the IEP was a key component of the company’s overall strategy to support workplace diversity and equal employment opportunities.

“METL’s focus is on providing training in the maritime industry to help improve the competitiveness in the employment market. I’m very pleased that businesses across this region recognise what we’re trying to achieve and have backed the Program and our talented Indigenous employees like Justin,” said Kevin.