Burnie High School

Logistics company to offer program


CAREERS: (Back L-R) Vlad Jotic, Skye-Lee Burke, Isabella Kidd, Brian Gillespie, Judith Fahey, Nataliya Nikolova, Finlay Poke, Connor Bracken, Wade Weller, Dwight Wescombe and Mitch Hawkins; (front L-R) Avalon Starick, Abbi O'Connor, Georgia Cooper, Mason Waller and Liam Evans.  Picture: Cordell Richardson, The Advocate.

EDUCATIONAL roads to a career in global logistics will soon be available to Burnie High School students, despite the planned DP World global shipping container port still awaiting coastal shipping reform before construction can start. 

Electrician Mitch Hawkins spoke to students of Burnie High School about career opportunities in global logistics and the unexpected career turn that took him from Essex to the Middle East, Spain and finally to the ports of Australia. 

Completing an apprenticeship in London and later working as an electrician at Dubai's Jebal Ali port and Tarragona in Spain, Mr Hawkins told students "attitude and values" are more important than skills.

Mr Hawkins, who was selected for sponsorship by DP World Australia to complete a Bachelor of Business (maritime logistics management) through the Australian Maritime College, said a career in logistics was one that was often overlooked by people.

"At any one time there are about one million people at sea in the world so it is an absolutely huge and relevant industry," he said.

DP World chief corporate development officer Brian Gillespie announced his company would be offering an education and skills program in conjunction with Burnie High School and the Australian Maritime College (AMC) at the University of Tasmania in Launceston. 

Mr Gillespie said the program was about showing students real job opportunites and giving them awareness of the opportunities to work as a global employee.

The long-term program will result in two students to be drawn from Burnie High School, Parklands High School and Hellyer College receiving a full four-year paid apprenticeship in Cert III in Engineering and Cert III in Electro-technology.

Story by Baz Ruddick, The Advocate.