25 young South Australians, including those on Kangaroo Island, can apply for entry-level jobs in the regional maritime and fishing industries through a $450,000 State Government grant

Seeking cadets: Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy CEO Bob Miller (left) with Minister Geoff Brock. Photo: Supplied.
Seeking cadets: Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy CEO Bob Miller (left) with Minister Geoff Brock. Photo: Supplied.

A new cadet program will provide 25 young South Australians with entry-level jobs in the regional maritime and fishing industries through a $450,000 State Government grant.

The recipient of the grant, the Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy, established in 1997, is an industry managed Registered Training Organisation based in Port Adelaide. 

The program includes a 17-day pre-cadetship course involving online study, in-person training at the Academy’s Port Lincoln campus and a five-day sea voyage.

After completing their course, each cadet will undertake a two-year employment contract combining full-time work with maritime or industry-based employers in regional SA combined with ongoing studies at Certificate II or III level.

Cadetships will be open to people aged between 18 and 25 years who are either unemployed or not in full-time employment. 

The selection criteria will consider an applicant’s previous work history, with a preference in weighting to those who have not previously been employed. 

Industry-based employers will be subsidised $6,000 each year for two years for each cadet they employ.

Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said, “This program provides real career opportunities, as it will assist our state’s fishing and maritime industries to offer young unemployed people with training and a job.

“It’s based on the highly successful Local Government Regional Youth Traineeship Program which has seen 114 young unemployed people start their careers by working at councils across the state.

“Our fishing and maritime industries support thousands of local jobs with many of them based in our regions.

“These industries play an important role in South Australia’s economic success story and I’m confident this program will be as successful as the similar training initiative has been with our regional councils.” 

Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy CEO Bob Miller said, “The Academy would be honoured to deliver the Cadetship program on behalf of the State Government, and are grateful for the RDF grant offer to support the cadets’ placement.

“We’re looking forward to passing on knowledge and expertise to an enthusiastic group of young people, guiding them to pursue long-term careers in the maritime and fishing industries.”

At present there are two programs in Port Lincoln and one in Whyalla, and most of the applicants so far are from the Eyre Peninsula, but Mr Miller said, “If there are enough expressions of interest from Kangaroo Island, we will include KI.”

“The five day sea voyage which is part of the program could also include KI, as it could sail from Port Adelaide to KI to Port Lincoln to Whyalla.”

To apply for a place on the Program, applicants are asked to contact Maryann Swalue on 8683 4888, Grant Services Officer, with their expression of interest.