"VOCATIONAL PLACEMENT" REGULATIONS UNDER AUSTRALIAN FAIR WORK LAWS:
Internships that are vocational in nature, assessed, supervised and are a learning experience, meet the definition of a "vocational placement" under the Fair Work Act. Therefore, it is a lawful unpaid learning experience whereby the student can apply the skills and knowledge from their training provider:
to a professional workplace (onboard commercial ships - supervised by ship's officers.)
These programs are acceptable internships as they are a legal and structured framework based on a course, which the students are completing for credit.
ACA cooperates with the Owners and crew of our host cruise ships to ensure that our internships meet all the requirements of the Fair Work Act. All our associate cruise ships are foreign-registered. We can admit students from any nation to our Cruise Intern programs. Foreign students can visit Australia when in port with a Marine Crew Visa but they must return to the ship when it leaves port. Australian students will need an Australian Passport with Marine Crew Visa to enrol and enable them to go ashore at foreign ports of call.
Students are under the supervision of an ACA Academy Master for the performance of the required training and logged industry experience as part of their internships. Students will work with ship's crew members for their regular cruise ship roster as part of their enrolment agreement with ACA Academy. As part of their continuing accredited training for extension certificates, we have arranged for our students to undertake a normal ship's crew roster mentored by ship's crew members in their regular tasks as part of the student intern agreement.
The Cruise Company agreement with ACA Academy provides considerably reduced Cruise Fares based on "evidence of need" to assist students with Academy Internship and accommodation fees.
There is neither suggestion nor intent of offer of employment from either the Academy or the Cruise company in the enrolment agreement. However, this does not preclude either the Academy or the Cruise Company from such an offer.
PRE-ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - Intern's responsibility to provide documented evidence of:
INDUCTION TRAINING ON FIRST ENTRY TO SHIP:
EXTENSION CERTIFICATES TRAINING: -
As negotiated on enrolment OR as an extension of time onboard, there will be an opportunity to gain extra certificate level qualifications in maritime (EG Coxswain 1) to operate the smaller ship's boats for excursions, tours, and adventure activities guide. These units of competency will be from the Outdoor Recreation training package.
Tourism, Hospitality, and Care Services students will gain their industry experience under the general supervision of the Academy Master and their delegate crew member mentors They will participate in all activities associated with the hotel functions onboard the vessel.
As a negotiated skills extension training, there will be an opportunity to gain extra certificate level qualifications in maritime (Coxswain 1) to operate the smaller ship's boats for excursions, tours, and adventure activities guide. These units of competency will be from the Outdoor Recreation training package.
ACA Academy provides essential University entry requirement English coaching. It is expected the student will gain a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS test. The best way to learn English is to spend time with English-speaking people and to participate in English language reading and writing. A range of these opportunities will be available on the ships with language teachers and in communication with other students and the ship's passengers. ACA Academy expects all students to maintain a regular daily journal, in English, of relevant activities undertaken while onboard. This journal will be co-signed by the Principal and the Captain.
All students from Maritime training colleges (small boat Coxswain/Engine driver - - - > Advanced Diploma, Master Unlimited/Chief Engineer) are required to undertake quite extensive "Supervised Sea Time" to complete their qualifications. Most Maritime training Colleges provide a "Task Book" to be completed during their sea time as required coursework. Using a Supervised Task Book reduces the required Sea Time by 50%. ACA Academy offers volunteer enrolled students Supervised Logbook Seatime scholarships for maritime students of other maritime colleges.
ACA Academy student conditions apply for Lower level qualifications, both deck and Engineer (Cert 2 Coxswain ->12m TO Cert.4 Master/Engineer ->35m). Seatime industry experience at these levels requires a wide range of activities onboard the ship.
The ship's Captain may invite senior-level students to share accommodation in the officer's quarters. (Diploma = Various Master/Mate roles, Engineer 3 /watchkeeper OR Advanced Diploma = Master Unrestricted, Engineer 1)
The Captain will delegate members of the ship's crew to supervise their industry task book requirements. and sign the log books after satisfactory completion.
It is well recognized by industry that documented evidence of real work experience beyond completion of certificates and diplomas is the real evidence of competency required by employers. ACA requires interns to maintain a personal log of all relevant experiences during their internships. This log is countersigned and attested to as true evidence of experience and forms part of the ACA Internship Parchment. For most students, this folder is of greater value than the qualifications parchment itself.
There are a range of scholarships available and are subject to an interview with the Principal.
Potential interns are invited to contact the Principal by email, at firstname.lastname@example.org using a job interview style application including their strengths and reasons for requesting consideration of a student scholarship placed on the Australian Cruise Academy ships.
The dot point email format is good.
Put your best bid forward in your email application. Make it brief and to the point.
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