The Australian Industry Trade College (AITC) Boating Industry Academy Information Session, held at the Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard offered a unique insight into the possibilities awaiting those in Senior School who want to set sail on a path to success.

Prospective families gathered to learn about the exciting opportunities offered by the AITC Boating Industry Academy and how it can shape a high school student’s future in ways they never imagined.

The event brought together industry experts, educators, and parents to shed light on a program that goes beyond traditional education.

Andrew Fielding, President of the Boating Industry Association, set the tone for the evening, emphasising the incredible opportunities available within the world of boating and marine industries.

He stated, “The AITC Boating Academy offers young people the chance to embark on a journey toward a thrilling and rewarding future. The boating industry is a dynamic sector, with diverse career paths and boundless potential for personal and professional growth.”

Mark Bohan, Principal of the Gold Coast AITC, shared his insights on the Academy’s unique approach to education and its integration with the boating industry.

Mark explained, “Our goal is to bridge the gap between education and industry, preparing students for careers that offer real-world experience and promising futures.”

“At the AITC, we’re committed to shaping well-rounded individuals who are not just academically proficient but also industry-ready.”

Nathan Reynolds, Future Schools and Partnership Manager at the AITC, echoed the importance of events like the Boating Academy Information Session.

He said, “The industries associated with the AITC boating academy understand the importance of like-minded, passionate people working together”. These information sessions are pivotal in helping young students and their families understand the vast range of career opportunities within the boating industry. Importantly, it’s about equipping the next generation with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in this exciting field.

Families at the event had the opportunity to hear from a panel of speakers who brought diverse perspectives on the Boating Academy. Keira Badke, representing Riviera, highlighted the invaluable qualities young individuals can bring to their work experience, emphasising their dedication, unwavering focus, and strong work ethic. She underlined how these traits contribute to the industry’s growth and innovation.

Jeremy Welsh, Industry Consultant at the AITC, described the pivotal role of an Industry Consultant at the college. “An IC serves as a vital link between the industry, students, and their families, facilitating a seamless connection that ensures the best possible educational and professional experience for young learners.”

The session also featured Jenny Vanderheld, an AITC BIA parent and passionate advocate. She shared her experiences as the parent of a Year 10 student currently enrolled in the Boating Academy, underlining the transformation she has witnessed in her son since he embarked on this educational journey.

The event would not have been possible without the support of industry leaders, including Andrew Scott, CEO of the Boating Industry Association, Robert Potts from Telwater, Kyle Davidson, Riviera, and Valerie Le Baron from the Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard, who played pivotal roles in bringing the Boating Academy Information Session to life.

Click here to learn more about the AITC Boating Industry Academy.