TWELVE young men graduated on Thursday from the Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy in Port Lincoln, completing their their Certificate II in Maritime Operations.
After their graduation the graduates had the chance to network with seafood industry leaders in Port Lincoln, including representatives from the Stehr Group, Eyre Peninsula Seafood and Mori Seafood.
Campus manager and lecturer Sue Mattsson said there would be increasing support from industry as the course continued.
The Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy was started in Port Lincoln and now has facilities operating courses in Darwin and Adelaide.
Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy board member Steve Moriarty said the certificate allowed the graduates to enter a joint qualification in engineering and becoming a skipper on a boat, as the certificate did not restrict them to only sit as a coxswain.
He said both industry qualifications were in demand.
“The industry is changing, it’s becoming more specialised.
“There’s big money and many career paths in the industry.
“There are no unemployed skippers as far as I’m aware.”
He said graduates could be skippers in five to 10 years.
Many of the graduates plan to finishing year 12 next year before entering the workforce in the fishing industry or in other career paths.