Jarrod Weaving is the manager of the University of Tasmania Australian Maritime College’s (AMC) Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs. He has a career-long association with seafaring, in the tourism sector, with passenger operations and in the Royal Australian Navy. He now enjoys the many opportunities afforded to him as an educator to impart the skills and knowledge required for a successful seagoing career to a wide range of students. In 2014 he was awarded an ISSI/TLISC Fellowship to conduct research into the maritime sector abroad.
Over the last two years I have lead my team to design, develop and deliver innovative navigational, engineering and safety training to Indigenous students throughout the Torres Strait. This has been as part of the Torres Strait Regional Authority’s highly successful Torres Strait Marine Pathway Program (TSMPP) in which AMC is the contracted and training organisation.
In 2014 I was awarded one of two $12,500 scholarships offered annually through the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council in partnership with the International Specialised Skills Institute. The fellowships aim to bring international best practice and innovative approaches back to benefit Australian industry.
During September and October this year, I traveled to Canada and the remote Canadian maritime region of Nunavik where I had identified a number of striking similarities between the Torres Strait region and Canada, including
- Low language, literacy and numeracy
- More demand for blended delivery training
- Indigenous populations undertaking fishing to support lifestyle and cultural connections to their traditional sea country,
During my time in Canada, I visited the indigenous community of Conne River, this thriving community is situated in the Mi’kmaq Territory, Newfoundland, about 8 hours’ drive from St John’s. Since being established as a reserve in 1987, Miawpukek has gone from a poor, isolated community with almost 90% unemployment to a strong vibrant community with nearly 100% full time/part-time employment. This community is often pointed to by Indian and Northern Affairs as a model community for other First Nations.
Following Conne River, I traveled north to Iqaluit which is the territorial capital of Nunavut, the largest and fastest-growing community in the territory. During this visit I presented at the Nunavut Trade show and Conference. I also gained a remarkable insight into remote indigenous training during discussion with students regarding training and assessment.
The fellowship provided great understanding of the similar challenges faced by both unique geographic locations.