Marine careers on show at Fremantle Ports

Ava Libing climbs the rigging on the Leeuwin. Picture: Marie Nirme        d445781
Ava Libing climbs the rigging on the Leeuwin. Picture: Marie Nirme        d445781

STUDENTS from 20 Perth high schools got a taste of what it would be like to work in the marine industry when Fremantle Ports held the Maritime Careers Day last week.

More than 80 Year 9 students, including those from Seton Catholic College, CBC Fremantle and South Fremantle Senior High School, took part in the event, which saw them climb the rigging on board the Leeuwin, participate in a diving and underwater communications workshop and watch practical training for marine safety among other activities.

Local organisations like Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation, the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Border Force and Challenger Institute of Technology were among those involved in the educational event.

Fremantle Ports chief executive Chris Leatt-Hayter said the aim was to give those students who were interested in maritime careers the chance to learn more about it.

“The maritime sector offers a wide range of interesting careers, but in some fields, both in Australia and internationally there is a shortage of skilled personnel,” he said.

“With the help of our industry partners, our aim in hosting the Maritime Careers Day is to make a contribution by drawing attention to the career opportunities and educational and training pathways leading to them.”