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News from BIA Victoria – April 2023

$5000 grants and free digital/social media training

The BIAV, in partnership with the Victorian Government, is holding a Member Information Session on the Digital Jobs Program.

1. Businesses can host a Digital Jobs participant who has newly acquired digital skills (eg. social media, web design etc) and receive a $5,000 wage subsidy for each 12-week work placement. As mature participants with the latest training, they can make a valuable and immediate contribution to your business.

2. The Digital Jobs in Manufacturing program offers fully subsided part-time training to upskill your employees and build your business’ digital capability. Training in social media, website design etc is deliver by Victoria’s top unis, TAFES etc over a 12 week period and your business receives a grant of up to $5,000 per employee. With the courses being part-time your staff can continue working while learning.

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER for the BIAV Member Information Session
2pm – 2:30pm, Wednesday 19 April 2023.
RSVP by 17 April to

Career expos and member engagement

The Boating Industry Hub will be in place at three of the major career expos during the coming months. We look forward to member involvement and having a great cross section of our industry on display. Join us and help out, and, maybe snap up a new apprentice.

The events are –

  • South East Careers Expo, 4000 students booked in. 9 May/Skye
  • Girls The Trade Fits, 2000 students expected. 10/11 May/MCEC
  • The careers Expo, Public/Open age event. 16/16 July/MCEC

Contact Dan Brown – to get involved.

More news in boat building apprenticeships

In 2022 Hugh and Isaac started working with Justin at van Abel Shipwrights and were looking to start training in Marine craft construction. With some changes to the original training course Justin decided to start Hugh and Isaac in the Cert II in Engineering Traineeship. Australian Institute of Engineering (AIE) had tailored this course to marine industry after feedback from the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) who were seeking alternative training options for its members. The course had units that would transfer into the Marine Craft Apprenticeship once completed. After 12 months of online and workplace training Hugh and Isaac have now completed the Cert II qualification. They have now both signed up into the Cert III in Marine Craft Construction Apprenticeship with AIE.

AIE are now taking enrolments for its apprentice programs and continue to offer its workplace base training with a mix of online and workplace visits.

For more information about any of the AIE training programs, please contact Brett Ambrosio on .

Marine trimming and the future

The Australian skilled labour shortage for marine trimmers, upholsterers and textile fabricators is being addressed by an innovative new training initiative launching in April. “Take a Seat With Us!” Taster Program embeds the Design Specification and job-ready tasks into the delivery.

The Multi-Industry Collaboration Group (MICG) involved in the initiative includes five industry groups made up of the Australian Furniture Association (AFA), Boating Industry Association Victoria (BIAV), Caravan Industry Victoria (CIV), Specialist Textiles Association (STA) and Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC). This is a fully funded (free for students) 12-week program where seven units of competency are obtained and participants see and experience a range of trimming related career options.

To keep reading and see all of the details please Click Here

If you know of someone that may like to apply and launch their career in trimming related areas Get This Link To Them For Enrolment.

Made in Victoria – Manufacturing grants

The Made in Victoria – Manufacturing Growth Program supports small and medium-sized manufacturers to introduce new technologies, expand operations, improve productivity and enhance sovereign manufacturing.

Grants from the program support businesses to improve productivity and competitiveness in local and global supply chains, create new jobs, and upskill and reskill workers. Grants of between $50,000 to $250,000 are available, with all grants needing to be matched by a minimum cash co-contribution of $2 for every $1 granted.

Victorian Marine businesses who meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply.

Industry snippets

  • Lock the date in your diary for this year’s BIAV AGM – Wednesday 26 April, 6:30pmin the Bayview Room at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club, 253 Esplanade, Brighton. Please RSVP to Mary asap:
  • The date and venue for the 2023 Melbourne Boat Show has been set for Docklands, Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 October. Blockout the time and get ready to book your space in May!
  • Premier Yachting is holding a Big Boat show for vessels from 42ft up to 85ft! See the guys at Docklands Marina Yarra’s Edge, Friday 14 through to Sunday 16 April. Find out more.

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