Maritime Youth Program Inspires Students

Jordan Welsh is pursuing a career through the Maritime Youth Program.
Jordan Welsh is pursuing a career through the Maritime Youth Program.

IT might be a dirty job but being able to gut and fillet fish for a living is a dream come true for Jordan Welsh.

The 16-year-old is working on a Certificate II in Fishing Operations at the Challenger Institute of Technology’s maritime campus in Fremantle, after being a disinterested high school student just a few months earlier.

The Maritime Youth Program graduate said he had never thought about a career in the maritime industry but said that he loved being a part of it.

“It’s good to feel valued and a part of something,” he said. “I enjoy the hands-on approach to learning, how we do something new every day and especially the friendships formed with my fellow classmates, so I actually get excited to come to class.

“I am really enjoying the fishing aspects of my current studies and feel this is an area I would like to pursue eventually as a career.”

The Maritime Youth Project is a joint initiative between Challenger and the Department of Education that gives disengaged high school students a chance to start a new career pathway and continue into further maritime qualifications.

Challenger Institute maritime studies director Nihar Rai said the program was one of a kind and gave disenchanted youth encouragement to progress through their studies.