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Enthusiastic Indigenous students set sail on new career options


Ten enthusiastic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are setting sail to explore a variety of professions on the open seas.

At the invitation of the Making Waves Foundation (MWF), pupils from Callaghan College Waratah Campus will converge on the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club on Wednesday 15 May to delve into career paths and options within the marina and boating industry.

They’ll embark on a two-hour voyage, gaining valuable lessons in leadership, communication, teamwork and self-confidence.

The Immersion Day is part of the Career Links YAKKA Program, which aims to support Indigenous youngsters from Years 7 to 12 in job planning, mentorship and work experience.

Representatives from the participating organisations/employers will be on hand to provide students with an introduction to the industry and information on the pathways available to them.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Career Links and Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club to give participants the opportunity to see what careers are available in the boating and marina industry,” MWF’s Newcastle community engagement officer Sarah Gamble said.

“The pupils will board the Making Waves yacht, Joy, for an enjoyable experience on Newcastle Harbour.

“After a briefing, we’ll exit the marina, hoist the sails and head out the harbour and into the Stockton Bight.

“Participants can actively help run the boat, pull on a sheet or steer it and learn more about sailing and the industry, all while engaging with our amazing volunteers.”

The day is funded by the Career Links YAKKA program and at no cost to the school or students.

Established in 2017, the initiative’s designed to offer youngsters with the resources needed to assist in making career choices.

Delivered over six sessions at participating schools, pupils work with a YAKKA mentor who supports them to create the tools required to succeed through a variety of activations.

A member of the Callaghan College Captain’s Group, and a proud Dainggatti man, David Scholes admitted he was looking forward to Immersion Day.

“It’s a great opportunity for people like me and my classmates who might want to get into hospitality or boating,” he said.

“I think it will be really good.

“The YAKKA program helps us to write resumes and career action plans.

“It gives us a good understanding of ourselves and what you need to do to achieve your goals.”

The Making Waves Foundation is an Australian registered not-for-profit charity providing unique on-water experiences for young people with disabilities or young adults experiencing disadvantage.

The team of dedicated volunteers are passionate about sailing and committed to supporting and encouraging participants to realise their potential.

Founded in 1994, the MWF seeks to transform lives, from helping participants develop new skills and friendships while building confidence and self-esteem.

To learn more about Making Waves Foundation, visit their website

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