SisterShip Training, the trailblazing force in empowering women in maritime careers, held an exclusive event for their female maritime students on board P&O’s Pacific Adventure during its port call in Eden on Sunday.
The landmark event marked the culmination of the dedicated efforts of their female maritime students, bringing them together for a unique networking experience with industry leaders, employers, and inspiring women in maritime.
Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Twofold Bay, attendees had the opportunity to hear from influential figures in the maritime sector, including Port Jackson’s Harbour Manager from Svitzer, Renee Connolly and Island Cruising and Women Who Sail NZ Managing Director, Viki Moore, as well as several other inspirational women in the maritime industry.
Featuring success stories that highlighted the remarkable achievements of women in leadership roles within the maritime sector and outlining the various career paths available, the event provided participants with valuable insights to empower them as they chart their futures with confidence and resilience.
Jackie Parry, founder of Sistership Training said, “I am inspired and proud of the remarkable journey we’ve embarked on to empower women in the maritime industry. This event, thanks to P&O Cruises Australia, is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our wonderful students. It’s heart-warming to witness the industry coming together to support our vision to create an inclusive and diverse maritime community.”
Kathryn Robertson, Chief Commercial Officer P&O Cruises Australia said, “P&O is honoured to host the Sistership training event, as we strongly believe in empowering women in the maritime industry. Through our support for this initiative, we aim to help facilitate opportunities for women within our industry and contribute to a more equitable and prosperous future for all in the maritime sector.”
The event perfectly encapsulated SisterShip Training’s unwavering commitment to nurturing a supportive community where women can not only find success but thrive in the maritime industry.
About SisterShip Training
SisterShip Training is a pioneering initiative founded by Skipper Jackie Parry, dedicated to empowering women in the maritime industry. Through mentorship, education, and networking, SisterShip Training is transforming maritime careers and fostering a diverse, inclusive workforce.
The event and the Connecting Women to (Maritime) Trades program is funded under the Trade Pathways Program – Training Services NSW. Proudly funded by the NSW Government.
About P&O Cruises Australia
For 90 years, P&O Cruises Australia has taken Australians and New Zealanders on dream holidays to amazing destinations along the Australian coast as well as the idyllic South Pacific. The homegrown cruise line delivers a holiday with great entertainment, world-class dining and unforgettable onboard experiences while sailing to some of the most incredible destinations in the Pacific. Delivered in the Aussie way, you can choose to do everything, or nothing at all, with P&O Cruises Australia.
For more information:
Madeline Georgiadis, P&O Cruises Australia
0455 932 164
Jacqui Parry, Sistership Training
0458 391 660
SISTERSHIP FACT SHEET
SisterShip Training is the recipient of a ‘Connecting Women to Trades’ grant program (2022-2024) from Training Services NSW.
The Connecting Women to Trades Grant Program aims to address the representation of women in trades and industry occupations experiencing skills shortages. The program is designed to fund the design and delivery of innovative and targeted project activities to encourage and support more women into trade training and careers in trades.
Participation of women in male-dominated trades has remained persistently low for decades. The grant round is part of a NSW Government Women in Trades Strategy 2021-24 which addresses key actions to increase the representation of women in trades. Projects will be delivered through partnerships with training organisations and aligned to the three pillars of action and outcomes of the Women in Trades Strategy 2021-2024.
The primary outcomes of the Connecting Women to Trades program are:
Sistership Training were successful in delivering maritime training under the first grant round and were so successful they were invited to continue with another two maritime training courses under this year’s program. SisterShip Training has focused on:
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