Sailors with disABILITIES

Career Opportunities in Boat Building


We have an Exciting & Free opportunity for those 16-30 yrs of age.


1) you're out of school, and disconnected from traditional learning or perhaps you have faced life challenges that have for some reason left you with less opportunity 

2) you enjoy hands on work

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


Our new 'Wright of Passage' program is targeted at those 16 to 30 years who have disconnected from school or traditional learning and are seeking an opportunity to learn in a hands on way while being supported by mentors. 

'Wright of Passage' is a unique opportunity to become involved in an inspirational, life changing project, that can allow progress into various trade apprenticeships. You will learn about tools, and gain joinery and woodworking skills.

Is this for you or do you know someone who would benefit from this life changing opportunity?

This program is FULLY funded (ie, Free!).

You will undertake CERTIFICATE 2 in Boating Services (equivalent to Stage 1 Trade Certificate), involving Thursday and Friday attendance at Meadowbank TAFE and Tuesday and Wednesday onsite at Woolwich Dock and Rushcutters Bay.


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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.

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 participants 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 Australian 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.

Prepare for sailing! 

Join us as we prepare to sail our boat to Tassie for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in 2019!

Australian Wooden Boat Festival Tasmania 2019

All the hard work will be paid off when the participants of the Program have the adventure of a lifetime, sailing their boat from Sydney to Hobart for the Australian Wood Boat Festival! 

Prepare for a career

This program will open doors for opportunities in multiple trades. Meet people along the way who can help you establish your career.

Register your interest now!

Apply to join here 

For more information call 0421 725 170  or email