Coomera Precinct tour highlights job alternatives
Coomera Marine Precinct hosted a bunch of educators and trade advocates for a tour of the brand new TAFE Marine campus, main boat builders, Riviera and Maritimo, and key tenants at The Boat Works shipyard to see for themselves the thriving, high-employment manufacturing companies .
The half day tour was unable to cowl all of the water sports activities companies within the Precinct and showcased solely a fraction of the thriving manufacturing that takes place within the tons of of marine companies in Coomera and round South East Queensland.
The tour included 4 Hillcrest Christian School school/division heads who’re concerned within the School’s Pathways program, which focuses on coaching and careers for college students. They have been joined by Nick Tani, TAFE Queensland Enterprise Improvement Officer, and Nick De-vaal, Supply Supervisor on the new TAFE Marine campus in Coomera, Andrew Scott, the CEO of the Boating Trade Affiliation (BIA) and Jeni Bone, editor at Ocean media.
Their Coomera household began on the new TAFE Marine Campus, a purpose-built facility for trades and coaching particular to the marine trade. For the reason that TAFE Marine campus opened in early 2023, greater than 300 college students have enrolled.
The high-tech facility contains giant workshops for hands-on studying in electrical and mechanical, fiberglass and lamination, marine textiles and fabric, in addition to an outside boat workshop, welding services, lecture rooms with AV and computer systems, plus pupil and employees lunch and breakout areas .
Programs embrace Certificates III Marine Mechanical Expertise and Certificates III Marine Craft Development, complemented by many different programs at close by Ashmore TAFE and the current addition of a Boating Trade Academy on the Australian Trade Commerce Academy (AITC) in Robina, supported by the BIA and the trade companions Stella Marine, Lightwave Yachts, Telwater, Riviera and Gold Coast Metropolis Marina & Shipyard.
From there, the group took the five-minute drive to Riviera Australia, the place they have been met by Adam Houlahan, Security Supervisor for a manufacturing facility tour that demonstrated your entire technique of constructing Riviera’s luxurious motor yachts.
Based in 1980, Riviera has grown in dimension and stature to change into Australia’s largest builder of luxurious motor yachts, launching greater than 5,900 yachts since its inception. Immediately, Riviera has greater than 900 folks on website who will construct some 150 luxurious motor yachts from 39 to 78 ft this 12 months.
Greater than 60 p.c of this manufacturing might be exported all over the world. The corporate has a proud and award-winning historical past of recruiting and coaching apprentices, lots of whom go on to senior positions inside the firm or overseas inside the Riviera community. This 12 months they’ve 120 college students working all trades regionally.
Riviera is now within the technique of recruiting their 2024 12 months 11 and 12 college college students who will begin in January subsequent 12 months. Info evenings and manufacturing facility excursions are held Wednesday, July 19 and Thursday, July 27 from 5:30 p.m. on the Riviera manufacturing facility.
Pre-registration is required and extra info will be discovered on-line.
Subsequent cease was Maritimo, the place the group prepares for the launch of the model’s new flagship mannequin, the M75 Flybridge mannequin, Maritimo’s largest in its 20-year historical past. The M75 will make its international debut July 14 and 15 at Sanctuary Cove, coinciding with a Profession Open Day for the general public, with the intention of attracting folks to take apprentices in a wide range of expertise: boat constructing, fabrication, composites, marine diesel know-how, cupboard making, design and refinishing know-how.
At the moment, Maritime has 33 pupils in 18 departments, with the intention of attracting extra subsequent 12 months.
After Maritimo, the tour moved on to The Boat Works, a 55-acre shipyard and marina advanced with two distinct yards and all of the facilities of a “village” for visiting vessels, homeowners, crew and contractors, the 80 onsite tenants and the locals who love from the colourful water views and ambiance of this bustling facility.
Charmaine Webb, Advertising and marketing Supervisor at The Boat Works, welcomed the group to the Captains VIP Lounge, which supplied gorgeous views over the superyachts within the marina, jetty and sheds filled with superyachts and maintained by a military of craftsmen.
Charmaine introduced an outline of The Boat Works, its historical past and evolution over the previous 25 years. She identified that in simply three years for the reason that floor was first struck, the Northern Superyacht Yard has developed right into a colossal facility, which, along with the adjoining shipyard, is pulling out a gradual stream of ships as much as 300 tons and its 80 sheds are totally booked. The 2 yards take as much as 2,800 ships out of the water every year.
Growing demand has led to additional growth and funding, as soon as once more including extra infrastructure to the ability, with extra berths, extra pilots and a tough stand, together with welcoming new maritime commerce specialists on website.
By June subsequent 12 months, the Northern Superyacht Yard can have doubled in dimension.
From there, the group moved on to tenants, Alternative Stainless and Stella Marine Group, the place they commented on the manicured landscaped gardens, tropical foliage, palms and spectacular cactus gardens that make The Boat Works a house away from dwelling for superyacht crews who may need to remain on website for weeks or in some circumstances months for advanced refit tasks.
Geoff Stevens was based at Alternative Stainless Alternative stainless-steel in 2006, and has been with The Boat Works for over 15 years. Alternative is a household enterprise specializing in stainless-steel fabrication and is run by Geoff and his son Niko, together with daughter Kayla and spouse Andrea who work in Admin and Accounts.
“We’ve got 12 staff and we’re rising yearly,” says Geoff. “We’ve got expanded our premises and providers by investing in new laser slicing instruments and in-house CAD. Our product vary has expanded to incorporate frames for photo voltaic panels, tender cradles, davits, rails, tanks, brackets, decking rails, targas and extra.”
Stella Marine Group is one other long-term tenant at The Boat Works that’s rising and diversifying to maintain tempo with demand.
Stella is Australia’s largest producer of marine desalination options, in addition to Australia’s largest service and retrofit heart for fin stabilization programs, providing each hydraulic and totally electrical options.
Like Gary Cooper, CEO of the Stella Group defined: “Stella is now primarily based in a big new, purpose-built facility at The Boat Works, combining our engineering, manufacturing and distribution into one streamlined new operation.
“With our new capabilities in our machine store and our in-house Naval Architect main our design division, Stella can present ‘from idea to finish’ options for all homeowners.”
Stella has acquired new equipment, together with a brand new laser cutter with tube slicing functionality, a brand new CNC hydraulic cylinder honing machine able to honing cylinders as much as 2 meters lengthy and 200 millimeters in diameter, a CNC milling machine and a CNC lathe.
“Our machining and manufacturing capabilities have jumped to the forefront with the opening of our new facility,” continued Gary. “This can increase our providing to our prospects and our capacity to develop extra nice Stella merchandise, comparable to our swim platforms and watermakers.”
Take pleasure in a snack Kokomo Kitchen & Bar eating on the waterfront, the group mirrored on the informative and provoking tour of the Coomera Marine District.
“It is such an excellent house and nice to see a fast-growing trade on the Gold Coast. I used to be fairly proud to see the manufacturing and enterprise alternatives and employment alternatives for college students and the place it might take them,” stated Renee Taylor, an teacher at Hillcrest Christian School.
Her colleague, Joalene Van Dam, was equally impressed, saying: “The trade go to to Riviera, Maritimo and The Boat Works supplied me with priceless insights into the world of luxurious boats and boat upkeep. It was nice to see the levels of boat constructing and all of the completely different trades concerned. It was a journey that underlined the Gold Coast’s popularity as a hub for the best craftsmanship and innovation inside the marine trade.”
Andrew Scott, CEO of the Maritime Trade Affiliation (BIA) stated the Instructor Skilled Improvement area journey to the Coomera Marine Precinct was the perfect car to showcase the trade.
“One of many methods to display marine manufacturing and its potential is by inviting profession counselors and college representatives to tour the Coomera Marine Precinct. The BIA is keen to be concerned in each part of training educators.”
He continued, “The BIA has 4 fundamental priorities: member packages, authorities advocacy, promotion of the marine and light-weight business industries as a life-style and profession choice, and expertise, schooling and coaching.
“We’re centered on partnering with members to draw and retain folks within the boating and wider marine trade.”