NJL Work For the Dole Activity

Nautical Solutions - Cairns QLD


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With many Jobseekers expressing an interest in finding employment on boats, getting their coxswains licence, refitting and servicing the many boats in Far North Queensland, NJL, working in collaboration with DEEWR and a Yarrabah Job Services Australia Provider, hosted an innovative Work For the Dole Project  aimed at addressing skills in demand.


“Nautical Solutions” was a project designed to provided unemployed youth from Yarrabah with the opportunity to get on board and  assist in the refurbishment of a wooden, 60 foot Fly Bridge Cruiser.   Originally named “The brothers” this old wooden teak boat was manufactured in 1987 by the Jolly Brothers and was in need of some tender loving care.

15 Yarrabah Jobseekers signed up for the project, rolled up their sleeves and gained valuable, hands on work experience that opened up employment opportunities in the Marine Industry.

“Nautical Solutions” focused on:

  • Addressing barriers to employment through on the ground mentoring
  • The  development of job readiness skills
  • Skills development in carpentry and boat refurbishment
  • Practical on the job experience working alongside trade qualified Shipwrights, Carpenters and Marine Engineers
  • The opportunity to gain Construction White Cards, Working at Height Tickets, Working in Confined Spaces Tickets and Certificate II in Vocational Preparation.
  • A strong focus on reintegration into the workforce

Over 6 months participates lovingly sanded, stained, varnished, faired and remodelled the boat restoring it to its former glory. Nautical solutions not only enhanced participant’s employment opportunities but also supported them in addressing non vocational barriers that prevented many form entering the workforce – confidence and self-esteem building, team work and communication skills, goal setting and conflict resolution were integral to the project.

Some participants have gone on to pursue work as deckhands, others in boat refurbishment and some have been inspired to study for their coxswains tickets.  These projects successful outcomes would not have been possible without the collaboration of DEEWR, local JSA Providers, employers, the skilled shipwrights and trades persons of Far North Queensland and a dedicated team of NJL trainers and mentors.