On Monday 14 October, twenty four Smithfield State High School students in years 10, 11 and 12 visited the Great Barrier Reef International Maritime College (GBRIMC) for the Marine Careers Forum. The students were provided with information on the possible career options that could follow successful completion of the many courses offered at GBRIMC, including the school-based Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal). A tour of the state-of-the-art facilities gave the students an opportunity to drive large vessels in difficult sea conditions in the Full Mission Bridge Simulator, followed by a firefighting demonstration by one of our students at the Multi-purpose Emergency Response Training Simulator (MERTS). This student was selected due to his prior experience with the MERTS, which he has gained during his current enrolment in the TAFE at School Certificate II in Maritime Operations.
A huge thank you to Angela Toppin from the Business Liaison Association (BLA) for continuing to create opportunities for our region’s students to learn more about the incredible opportunities available to them in Far North Queensland. The students were blown away by the calibre of the training facilities available to them locally and were excited to learn about careers and training opportunities they had otherwise not considered.