Project 47 is a place where young Tasmanians aged 15–21 can work on landing a job, entering training or finishing Year 12.
Operating from a number of sites across southern Tasmania, Project 47 is linking with business and industry to give young people insights into working environments and possibilities.
Three participants from Project 47’s Glenorchy site, Reece, Miranda and Jonathan, visited Tassal’s salmon hatchery facility with Employment Engagement Officer, Vija, to look at how salmon are hatched and raised, ready to continue growth in the ocean pens.
The group was engaged, asked questions, and was offered a huge amount of information by the Manager, Andrew, who has been there since construction of the facility more than 5 years ago The group was introduced to the technical aspect of the industry and surprised by how few staff are required at the hatchery, as most of the processes are automated via computer.
Tassal’s Learning and Development Officers talked about career opportunities and pathways within Tassal – fish farming, processing, administration, training pathways and more.
They also witnessed a team of specialised vaccinators who are brought in from Scotland annually to vaccinate the fish against disease and were inspired by their expertise which was quickly seen in their focus and speed.
By providing opportunities such as this, Project 47 is opening up employment opportunities that young people may never have imagined.