Riviera recently welcomed 100 students, parents and teachers from schools across south-east Queensland for a site tour of its Gold Coast production facility ahead of the 2021 intake of new apprentices.
Requests from schools for site visits climbed to about 300 this year, exceeding expectations by Riviera. This follows a move by Riviera earlier this year to expand its association with secondary schools across south-east Queensland to give more students an insight into the apprenticeship opportunities that are available.
Rewarding career opportunities
Industry liaison officers from 40 schools visited Riviera’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Coomera in June to be apprised of Riviera’s unique apprenticeship program.
Riviera has expanded its association with secondary schools to more than 85 across south-east Queensland and northern NSW as far south as Casino.
“The success of our apprenticeship program and our excellent retention rates affirm Riviera as an employer of choice on both the local and global stage. Indeed, our apprentices are consistently the recipients of industry awards and recognised as leaders in their trades.”Rodney Longhurst
Mentoring for success
Riviera’s apprentices are mentored by the 600-strong Riviera team who create and innovate motor yachts of distinction. The yachts, from 39 to 72 feet in length, are acclaimed internationally for their sea-keeping qualities and world-class calibre of construction as much as they are for their fine and luxurious finishes.
“We know that to build world-class luxury motor yachts, we must train and support world-class craftsmen and women. We welcome the next generation of master boat builders to our industry and are proud that they will receive high quality training from our exceptional team. At Riviera, we offer so much more than a standard apprenticeship.
For Dallas Gillman, a student at St Thomas Moore College in Brisbane, the site tour was his first opportunity to visit Riviera’s production facility.
“I was immediately inspired, energised and eager to see more,” he said. “We had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with several apprentices, staff and supervisors who were all passionate about working for Riviera.”
Max Wright, a student at AB Paterson College on the Gold Coast, was impressed by the large scale of operations at Riviera.
“It was amazing to see the size of the property and the various stages of the building process of Riviera motor yachts,” he said. “It is great to see an Australian company manufacture and export to a large market around the world.”
For Riviera apprenticeship enquiries or applications, go to Career Opportunities page on our website.
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