Mar 21, 2014

Hand-sawing ceremony marks launch of GCIT Marine Training Centre

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The Chief Executive Officer’s from GCIT (Gold Coast Institute of TAFE) and Riviera Australia joined forces to launch the GCIT Marine Training Centre at the Riviera headquarters in Coomera.

GCIT CEO, Aaron Devine and Riviera Australia CEO, Wes Moxey together hand-sawed a plywood banner to mark the official launch of the facility which is a training hub for more than 100 Apprentices studying Marine Mechanical technology and Marine Craft Construction as well as school-based students studying the Certificate I in Boating.

Mr Devine said the Institute is incredibly pleased to have such an essential role in Australia’s marine industry.

“The Institute has a long and well established history with Riviera. We are incredibly pleased to again play such a vital role in training Australia’s marine industry professionals and we are honoured to be an integral part of the Gold Coast’s recovering marine industry,” he said.

“A skilled and educated workforce is essential to not only the industry’s growth and development but also the regions.

“The GCIT Marine Training Centre is an example of how the Institute works closely with industry to provide an interesting and motivating learning environment for apprentices equipped with the latest equipment and cutting edge training.”

Mr Moxey said Riviera was extremely proud to be the home of the new GCIT Marine Training Centre.

“This training centre, located within Riviera’s 14-hectare world-class Coomera headquarters, provides a great facility for the Gold Coast marine precinct and the Australian boating industry,” he said.

“Each year thousands of boats are designed, manufactured, serviced, and refitted within the precinct and we feel honoured to be a part of this very unique training program, which will have an integral role in supporting the growth of the marine industry in the years ahead.

“Where else in the world can apprentices combine boat building theory and training with practical on the job experience in the one location within the largest boat building facility in the country.

“Apprentices will learn valuable practical and life skills by being completely immersed in the marine industry, in a place of motivation and inspiration where they can see new world-class boats under construction as well as witness the completed boats being launched.”

First year Riviera boat-building apprentice Nathaniel D’Ambrosia took part in the opening ceremony sharing his experiences as one of the first new apprentices in the program.

“Since beginning my apprenticeship in January I have had the opportunity to work in various departments, including new product development where we are working on a brand new model.  Each apprentice rotates to a different department every three months, which gives us an opportunity to experience all aspects of boat building before selecting our specialist areas later in our apprenticeship,” Nathaniel said.

“Riviera has provided me with a unique opportunity to combine my interest in construction with an interesting and rewarding career in the marine industry.  The training provided here at the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE Marine Training Centre truly immerses us in the marine industry because we can combine our study with practical hands-on experience all in the one location.

“We have the opportunity to go from the classroom to a world-class factory and see first-hand how these beautiful boats are constructed, from design through to the finished product in the marina and upon completion of my apprenticeship, I look forward to the many opportunities that Riviera can provide, including international travel and career progression.”

Minister for Education, Training and Employment, John-Paul Langbroek said the collaboration with GCIT and Riviera would not only provide opportunities for budding apprentices but it would also benefit the wider marine community.
“This partnership is an investment in the local marine industry,” Mr Langbroek said.

“These apprentices are going to gain valuable skills that will lead to jobs.

“I’m proud to support this program that will help boost employment opportunities on the Gold Coast and contribute to the growth of a strong economy.”

Riviera has enjoyed a period of continued growth while training and developing staff to become Australia’s future boat builders in a vibrant and exciting industry.

Riviera CEO Wes Moxey and GCIT CEO Aaron Devine officially open the GCIT Marine Training Centre at Riviera's headquarters
Riviera CEO Wes Moxey and GCIT CEO Aaron Devine form a partnership to train Australia's future boat builders
Riviera apprentice Nathaniel D'Ambrosia shares his experiences as a first year apprentice at the opening 

The Gold Coast Institute of TAFE marine training centre will truly immerse students in the marine industry

Riviera's master craftsmen detaila large hull mould
All the internal timber components are spray varnished to the highest quality

Riviera's 14-hectare state-of-the-art factory is where apprentices will gain on the job experience

Riviera relaunches school-based Apprentice program

Riviera has joined forces with the Gold Coast’s Helensvale State High School to rekindle the school-based apprentice program, which welcomed 11 new apprentices this month.

Riviera and Helensvale State High School forged a strong partnership in 1997 when Riviera first began the school-based apprentice program.  This multi-award winning training program has produced hundreds of highly skilled tradesmen with nationally recognised qualifications, many of whom have had the opportunity to travel and work overseas with Riviera.  In 2014, Riviera is proud to relaunch its school-based apprentice program and commence training its future master craftsmen.

Apprenticeship project mentor Tony Vaughan said the first year apprentices would undertake practical on-the-job training in all aspects, including boat building, lamination, upholstery, electrical and engineering.

“Our school-based apprentices will be based at Riviera two days a week, one day at the TAFE centre, which is located onsite within the Riviera complex, and the other day will be dedicated to on-the-job training,” he said.

“The students will be truly immersed in the dynamics of the luxury boat building industry and will gain a full understanding of all the trades, which will provide valuable experience and knowledge of their craft."

Riviera’s CEO Wes Moxey began his career as a boat building apprentice and joined Riviera in 1982 as a shipwright, just two years after the company was founded in 1980, so he is extremely passionate about Riviera’s school-based apprentice program.

“It is pleasing to see so many young people showing an interest in the marine industry.  Here at Riviera, we are proud of our rich heritage and our award-winning training program.  I am also proud to see a large majority of our original apprentices in management roles within the company today, including our general manager Scott Cumming,” Mr Moxey said.

“This year’s students are of a high calibre and have a tremendous attitude towards their future.  For me, it is extremely exciting to work with such motivated young adults and I hope they are inspired by the success of our former apprentices and look forward to a bright very future at Riviera.”

Riviera will commence enrolments for the 2015 school-based apprentice program later in the year.  For more information visit 



R Experience Magazine Issue 2, 2014 - Contents

Latest News
» Riviera prepares for its biggest ever event
» Riviera has a positive start to 2014
» Construction is now well advanced for the new 515 SUV
» Riviera celebrates 34 years at Pittwater Festival
» Riviera enthusiasts celebrated in Miami
» Belize celebrates the launch of hull 10
» Gold Coast Institute of TAFE opens Marine Training Centre at Riviera
» The latest in on-board electronics, night vision and desalination
» A new way to relax on board your Riviera
» Easter Experience lures avid anglers to Port Lincoln
» Riviera owners celebrate Valentine’s Day aboard
» Mercury Bay Game Fishing Classic
» View our upcoming events calendar
R Style / R Genuine Parts
» Purchase your summer essentials
Riviera Owners' Photo Competition
» This months photo competition winner announced!

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63 Open Flybridge

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New 53 Enclosed Flybridge with IPS

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New 53 Open Flybridge - IPS

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4400 Sport Yacht Series II - IPS

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