Expo airs opportunities in maritime industry

Saturday June 23, 2018 Written by Published in Environment

High school students are expected to be among the main participants in a Maritime Careers Expo to be held at the port of Avatiu on Monday.

The expo is held to help students explore employment opportunities within the maritime sector by giving them information about future careers and what study they should be doing after high school.

Marine resources ministry communications officer Helen Greig says there are some exciting career paths within the department.

"We are the only ministry in government to have at least one staff member - fisheries officers, on each inhabited island in the Pa Enua.

“Tu'anga O Te Pae Moana employs more than 60 full and part-time staff. Each year our Young Professional Intern Programme attracts several school-leavers, including those who have already begun tertiary studies.

“Interns can be with us for up to 12 months, and a few have now gone on to fulltime appointments with us. It’s a great way to recruit young Cook Islanders to exciting and rewarding roles such as lab technician, marine scientist and e-monitoring officer.

“Some of our past and current interns will be at the expo to share their experience with the ministry and talk about career aspirations.”

Greig said MMR will also promote its Fisheries Observer Programme as well as the work MMR does at sea with the Cook Islands Maritime Police.

“The Maritime Careers Expo is an opportunity for us to share more about what we do and what motivates our work.

“We want students interested in marine-related careers to share our vision of ensuring excellent stewardship of our marine resources. We know that many of them will be the future of our ministry and its work to manage, conserve and develop our marine resources. “

Other exhibitors at the expo will include Maritime Cook Islands, the Cook Islands Ports Authority, Cook Islands Maritime Surveillance and the Seabed Minerals Authority.

The expo will run from 8.45am to 2pm.

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