Northern Australia marine transport company Sea Swift has announced its latest Indigenous trainee intake for depots across Cape York Peninsula and the Torres Strait.
The latest intake consists of two trainees – Petrie Tugai (Bamaga) and John Mosby (Weipa) – selected to work at depots in Seisia and Weipa, with a further three trainees to be engaged in the near future on Thursday Island and Horn Island.
All Sea Swift trainees are provided with the opportunity to learn about the sea transport and logistics industries, gaining a Certificate III in Warehousing as an initial introduction to further studies.
Sea Swift General Manager Queensland Operations Peter Domenighini said it was rewarding to be able to provide job opportunities to the local community.
“This latest intake is part of Sea Swift’s ongoing commitment to develop new trainees,” said Mr Domenighini.
“All trainees are local residents, and they have the benefit of family support during the next phase of their life after school.
“They undertake on-the-job learning, and at the end of their traineeship, each trainee has the opportunity to continue as a valued member of Sea Swift.
“We recognise the difficulties local young people can face if they want to remain in the area and start a career.
“We believe in the importance of investing in our future generations. Having a pipeline of work-ready trainees benefits our operation, as well as the communities in our region.
“Sea Swift’s trainee program is our way of giving them a head start with on-the-job experience and formal training.
“We are committed to creating jobs and opportunities for local residents, and we want to continue that into 2019.”
Mr Domenighini said Sea Swift has always demonstrated an ongoing commitment to provide long-term job opportunities to local Indigenous people.
“Aside from this latest intake into our trainee program, out of our current staff who have worked for Sea Swift for more than 10 years, 29 per cent are Indigenous,” he said.
“This is a long-term commitment to provide sustainable employment opportunities, and we’re proud to help with the growth of the region.
“We’re passionate about improving the standard of living in the region by connecting remote communities and fostering economic development.
“Our trainee program helps support our vision, and we look forward to welcoming more trainees into the program in the future.”
Sea Swift has more than 30 years of experience providing essential services and project freight in Northern Australia with more than 450 staff and 26 vessels, and makes a significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the region.
Sea Swift operates throughout the region’s remote coastal and island communities, with depots in Darwin, Gove and Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory, and Cairns, Weipa, Seisia, Horn Island, Badu Island and Thursday Island in Queensland.
PHOTO CAPTION (left to right): Sea Swift General Manager Queensland Operations Peter Domenighini, Sea Swift trainee Petrie Tugai, Sea Swift trainee John Mosby, Sea Swift Operations Manager Queensland Greg Elkins.