Port of Brisbane Pioneers Marine Cadetship Program for Women
In 2018 Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) launched a Cadetship Program to encourage talented women to embark on a career in the industry.
The maritime industry has traditionally attracted mostly men and there are, unfortunately, still misconceptions about the opportunities available, the nature of the work, and the skills and perspectives required. PBPL’s CEO, Roy Cummins, says the Port is actively challenging this.
“The industry is changing in so many ways, and Port of Brisbane is at the forefront of the transformation. From marine operations and security to engineering and property development we are continually striving for ways to pursue sustainable trade development and deliver better outcomes for our customers. Critical to delivering on our exciting plans is our ability to attract a truly diverse workforce – different perspectives, approaches and ideas to challenge and drive us forward.”
PBPL’s Cadetship Program provides a 24-month paid employment and training program for women seeking to build a career in the maritime industry. Working as Deckhands within the marine team, Cadets will be trained and mentored on all aspects of marine operations. They will also be supported to complete qualifications allowing them to command a commercial vessel up to 24m long.
The Program has a number of key benefits, particularly for those seeking to balance a positive career with commitments at home.
Steffany Sinclair, PBPL’s Senior Manager People & Performance, explains: “Like most of the Marine team, our Cadets will usually work from 7am to 3:30pm. This is a key part of our strategy to support the right balance for our people. It also enables us to continue to attract more talented women to PBPL. Our Cadets will have the opportunity to develop practical skills and grow their careers in a supportive, family-friendly organisation.”
Ron Whitney, Marine Operations Coordinator, supervises the Cadets on the Program. As a highly experienced maritime professional, he is pleased to be able to offer this opportunity.
“We really want to encourage more women to learn about and develop skills in our industry. We also want different perspectives across the team, to help us keep improving and to drive open conversations.”
When asked why women should pursue a maritime career, Ron’s love for the job shines through:
“Our Cadets are part of a great team who love the diversity of their role. It’s also an opportunity to develop practical skills and build a new career. They have an opportunity to spend a lot of time out on the water, usually on the Brisbane River or in Moreton Bay. While the beauty of where we work isn’t the main reason to join us, it is a pretty good office view!”