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Teens, are you up for the challenge?

'Wright of Passage'

How do you feel about magic? How do you feel about alchemy?

How would you like to be part of a team that turns a scruffy tired old classic Herreshof ketch back to the sea going beauty that she once was? (Yes there is alchemy involved!)

<pWell have we got a deal for you and we will even throw in a sailing trip to Tassie as well!

When the wind, the waves, the wood and the sails come together they create a new way of thinking about things - a new career path, a new trajectory for your life.

When we arrive in Tasmania we will be taking part in the

href="">Wooden Boat Festival in Feb 2019.

SWD are Excited to offer this Fully Funded Youth Opportunity!

Are you out of school, and disconnected from traditional learning?

Keen to work and learn in a hands on way?

Do you want the opportunity to start a TRADE, open doors to employment and at the same time experience a trip of a life time?

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

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.

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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


But be Quick as it starts soon!

Or you can call us on 0421 725 170

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