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Exciting Youth Opportunity

'Wright of Passage'

SWD are Excited to offer this Fully Funded Youth Opportunity!

For those seeking an alternate pathway to their future. 

 A youth opportunity to learn in a hands on way, while opening doors for the future.

Do you know of a young person who:

  1. is out of school, and disconnected from traditional learning or perhaps has faced life challenges that have for some reason left them with less opportunity 
  2. enjoys hands on work
  3. 3) wants the opportunity to start a TRADE, open doors to employment and at the same time experience a trip of a life time. 

SWD is delighted to outline our new 'Wright of Passage' program. This program is targeted at youth 16yrs and over who have disconnected from school and are seeking an opportunity to learn in a hands on way while being supported by mentors. 

'Wright of Passage' is a unique opportunity to become involved in an inspirational, life changing project, that can allow progress into various trade apprenticeships,  by learning about tools, and gaining joinery and woodworking skills.

Do you know someone who would benefit from this life changing opportunity?

This unique project has come about due to the donation of a timber 53ft Herreshoff ketch. While this boat is principally sound, it needs some work to be seaworthy. This work entails many trade and professional skills to bring it up to a satisfactory standard.

For the next two years the boat will be refurbished at the historic Woolwich Dock, in the heart of the harbour and boating industry with teams of youth undertaking the 'Wright of Passage' Program and with the mentoring support of the trades on site and Meadowbank TAFE delivering the formal accredited training. 

The final project has a deadline of 15 November 2018 when sea trials will commence, and program participants will begin preparing their boat to sail to Hobart for entry into the Wooden Boat Festival 8-11 February 2019. The boat will be crewed by the participants of the 'Wright of Passage' Project, who have worked on the program since the beginning under the supervision of a management team.

This program is FULLY funded (ie, Free!).

But time is running out and we need Registrations in now!

Commitment to this program will commence on February 5th 2018.

Participants will undertake CERTIFICATE 2 in Boating Services which is an 18 week course (equivalent to Stage 1 Trade Certificate), involving Monday and Wednesday attendance at Meadowbank TAFE and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday's onsite at Woolwich Dock and Rushcutters Bay.

For more information call 0421 725 170  or email



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