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Supporting skills development for First Nations trainees

Serco is proud to support the Sea Heritage Foundation who have been working with NSW TAFE and the Princes Trust to establish a training program for First Nations students onboard the MV Cape Don. 

The MV Cape Don is a former lighthouse tender vessel that is permanently berthed at Balls Head in Waverton NSW. The ship served in the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service from 1963 to 1990 and was one of a unique cape class of ships that was purpose-built to service navigational aids, playing a significant role in Australia’s maritime history.

The course being delivered on board the MV Cape Don enables students to obtain a Certificate 1 in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal). Serco’s Defence team has been working with the Sea Heritage Foundation over the last 12 months to provide an opportunity for two of the course graduates to undertake a traineeship within the Defence Marine Support Services (DMSS) contract.

As part of the DMSS program, Serco delivers essential marine support services in naval and non-naval ports across Australia, as well as crewing, maintenance, and upkeep of asset bases. Serco has successfully provided in-port services to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) across Australia for around 25 years and it is our strong partnership with the RAN that has enabled this type of opportunity for the trainees. 

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Serco is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with the national regulator Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), and is committed to delivering quality vocational education and training programs that provide our students, who are Serco employees, with the opportunity to learn new skills, upgrade existing skills and obtain nationally recognised qualifications. 

Through our work with Sea Heritage Foundation, we are delighted to offer two, two-year traineeships to First Nations Australians, commencing in January 2023, to provide further training, skills and qualifications to become professional Masters and Engineers in the maritime sector. This is a fantastic opportunity to increase First Nations participation in the industry and we are proud to facilitate the development of skills and provide meaningful experience for trainees. 

Serco continues maritime training program for First Nations students

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