by Gavin Broomhead
Sea Swift to re-establish successful marine trainee program
Northern Australia marine transport company Sea Swift has announced announced the re-establishment of highly-successful marine traineeship program.
The program aims to develop trainees into long-term roles at Sea Swift across its vast operation in Northern Australia, including Far North Queensland and the Northern Territory.
“We will work with existing training organisations such as Tagai College on Thursday Island, as well as accepting direct applications from the wider region, with an emphasis on appointing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” said Sea Swift’s Queensland General Manager Peter Domenighini.
“It has always made perfect sense to Sea Swift to appoint locally where we can, and we are very proud of demonstrating this record over 30 years,” said Mr Domenighini.
“There are many individuals who have been employed long-term with Sea Swift.
“There are also many more that have benefited greatly from training and development opportunities who have progressed into senior roles within Sea Swift and other organisations, or developed their own businesses with the skills learnt at Sea Swift.”
The marine traineeship program will be formalised over the course of 2019, with the first intake scheduled for March 2020.
“We believe in the importance of investing in our future generations,” said Mr Domenighini.
“Sea Swift’s trainee program is our way of giving local people 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 2020.”
Mr Domenighini said Sea Swift has always demonstrated an ongoing commitment to provide long-term job opportunities to local Indigenous people.
“Aside from 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 trainees into the program next year.”
Sea Swift has more than 30 years of experience providing essential services and project freight in Northern Australiawith more than 400 staff and 28 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.
Australia stop putting kids in jail Indigenous boy tells UN
Speaking on behalf of the Human Rights Law Centre, Hoosan spoke of his struggles engaging with the Australian school system and the importance of Indigenous-led education.
Cops under spotlight over Aboriginal death
[Christine McGinn, Guardian News]
Detective Senior Constable Scott Riley, from the coronial support unit, was questioned on Wednesday about "inaccuracies" in a witness statement by Leading Senior Constable Danny Wolters, who was partly responsible for monitoring Ms Day in custody.
NNTC Appoints new Chief Executive
by Carolyn Betts
The Chair of The National Native Title Council (NNTC), Ms Francine McCarthy, welcomed Jamie Lowe to the position of Chief Executive Officer.
George Dorante. Image: supplied