Last 12 months
Posted 09th May 2018
In an industry first, an alliance between Svitzer Australia, the Maritime Union of Australia, Maritime Employees Training Ltd and Nexus Learning Systems, has delivered a nationally recognised qualification for Linespersons.
Twelve Linespersons at Svitzer’s Newcastle base have completed the Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Linesperson), with commitment to rolling out the training to the entire complement, as well as operators in other states. Svitzer’s Western Australia-based Kwinana operation was quick to follow, with 18 employees now undertaking the course.
Svitzer Australia General Manager, Harbour Towage East, James Mather said: “We are dedicated to providing our customers with safe, reliable and efficient operations. Key to achieving that is a highly-trained, professional workforce.”
Glen Williams, MUA Newcastle Branch Secretary praised the initiative, saying: “Lines work is among the most dangerous occupations globally, and as a union, we share a common goal with the employer; and that is the safety of our members. The realisation of this new qualification shows what can be achieved when we work with each other.”
The qualification delivery process was developed by Kerrie Simpson, of Nexus Learning Systems, drawing on the knowledge and experience of a dedicated team of Linespersons. Kerrie Simpson states: “Together, we have designed a rigorous training and assessment process, underpinned by safety and efficiency.”
Industry-based, not-for-profit Maritime Employees Training Ltd is the only Registered Training Organisation (RTO) approved to award this qualification in Australia. Understanding that unique circumstances will exist from port to port, the qualification has the flexibility to be customised to suit the requirements of any operation, ensuring the training is relevant to the job.
Posted 01st February 2018
It is now 2 years since I started at METL, and this last year saw the completion of construction and the official opening of METL’s Maritime Centre at Henderson. We ran our fist training courses last November – Working at Heights and Confined Spaces Entry - which was a good introduction to the use of the facility and equipment.
Over the last year, I have been involved in a number of the Technical Advisory Committees reporting to the Maritime Industry Reference Committee, which provides advice to government on training package development. We reviewed near coastal maritime qualifications in 2017 and are currently reviewing high-risk licences.
I am looking forward to the challenges and training that will occur this year and wish everyone the best for 2018.
RTO Operations Manager
METLs Rob Simm