Boat Building Apprentice Boom

GOTAFE has witnessed a surge in demand for boat building apprentices this year, with the marine industry providing a much needed boost in marine education and training.

This year GOTAFE began delivering the Certificate III in Engineering – Composites Trade (MEM31112) which complements qualifications in marine craft construction.

“We’re now in our third year of delivering the boat building apprentice training and have seen participation numbers grow to 40 students,” said Brett Ambrosio, GOTAFE Commercial Manager for Automotive, Engineering and Marine Craft Construction.

“These numbers are spread state wide and is now giving employers the flexibility to employ an apprentice.”

With most of the hands-on training delivered in the workplace by GOTAFE Trainers, theory classes are delivered each month from the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) facilities in South Melbourne.

“Students receive quality time with Trainers, providing them the ability to extensively cover the curriculum, interact and ask questions face to face.”

Students have the option of completing either the Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction (MEM30705) or the Certificate III in Engineering – Composites Trade (MEM31112) in order to become a qualified tradesperson.

“This qualification has been specifically developed to meet the needs of apprentices in the above trades. The qualification packaging has been designed on the assumption that competency will be developed through an integrated combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies such as those delivered through a formal apprenticeship,” said Mr Ambrosio.

GOTAFE courses offer competencies in both manufacturing and repair, providing students with a breath of skills and knowledge in a variety of areas. Students are required to perform a range of tasks that may include developing composite parts and tooling, undertaking repairs and modifications, constructing and assembling marine vessel timber components and three-dimensional moulds.

For further information on the boat building programs delivered through GOTAFE, contact Brett Ambrosio by phone on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) or email