THE boat building industry is on the up and up and Gold Coast Institute of TAFE is making sure it’s on board.
GCIT has set up a Marine Training Centre at the Riviera Australia headquarters in Coomera.
The facility is a training hub for not only approximately 35 Riviera employed Apprentices (including 11 school-based) but also to more than 80 other GCIT apprentices studying Marine Mechanical technology and Marine Craft Construction.
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Apprentices will learn valuable practical and life skills by being completely immersed in the marine industry and GCIT CEO Aaron Devine said it was an exciting step.
“We are honoured to be an integral part of the Gold Coast’s growing marine industry; a skilled and educated workforce is essential to not only the industry’s growth and development but also the region’s,” Mr Devine said.
“The GCIT Marine Training Centre at Riviera provides an interesting learning environment for apprentices equipped with the latest equipment and cutting edge training,” he added.
Riviera’s CEO Wes Moxey said Riviera was extremely proud to be the home of the new GCIT Marine Training Centre.
“Each year thousands of boats are designed, manufactured, serviced, and refitted within the precinct and we feel honoured to be a part of this very unique training facility, which will have an integral role in supporting the growth of the marine industry,:” Mr Longhurst said.
“Where else in the world can apprentices combine boat building theory and training with practical on the job experience in the one location within the largest boat building facility in the country?”