TAFE Queensland is launching a new qualification to support employers and apprentice marine technicians seeking training across northern Queensland, with delivery available to residents in Mount Isa.
The Certificate III in Marine Mechanical Technology will be delivered by teacher Tony Lee, who has decades of automotive marine and electrical experience.
"I will be teaching students how to service and repair boats, inboards, outboards and gear boxes, as well as the marine electrical side of things," Mr Lee said.
"I will also deliver specialist units to help apprentices gain the skills they need to work on propeller drives and jet drive propulsion systems," he said.
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Mr Lee said TAFE Queensland's marine technician training will appeal to busy employers and apprentices.
"Previously, local employers had to send their apprentice marine technicians down south for training," Mr Lee said.
"It can be logistically and financially challenging for bosses to release apprentices and send them away for long periods of time, that's why it's great that our training is delivered locally with flexibility.
"Students can learn on campus or I can visit local workshops to train and supervise apprentices at work, which means they will be gaining hands-on skills while they're still earning money for their employer," he said.
Mr Lee said job prospects are strong for local marine technicians.
"Up north we have some of the highest rates of boat registrations per capita and those boats will need ongoing servicing and repairs," Mr Lee said.
Government and independent funding may be available to employers who train and upskill their workforce.
Workers with prior industry knowledge and experience may also be able to gain credit and complete their training faster through recognition of prior learning.
To find out more about the Certificate III in Marine Mechanical Technology, call TAFE Queensland on 1300 308 233 or visit www.tafeqld.edu.au
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