The Marina Industries Association (MIA) is interpreting a very significant increase in marina industry investment in staff training this year as a positive sign for the health of the marina and wider boating industry. Numbers participating in MIA’s Intermediate and Advanced Marina Management courses being held in Australia this year are up 27%.
This week 20 industry personnel are participating in the Intermediate course on the Gold Coast with marinas sending participants from eastern Australian states, New Zealand and Fiji. Commencing 24 August MIA is conducting another Intermediate course in Perth where 11 WA participants have enrolled to date. At the Advanced course being held in Sydney in October there are participants enrolled from marinas in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, UAE, New Zealand and Australia.
MIA President Andrew Chapman CMM said the significant increase in participation was an encouraging sign for the state of the marina industries not only in Australia but into Asia and beyond. “MIA has growing membership across the Asia Pacific region and our quality industry education offer is an important reason for this growth. Marinas are increasingly seeing the benefit of investing in industry education to help train and retain staff and to improve business productivity. MIA’s courses lead to globally recognised industry certification and the courses are recognised by the Global Marina Institute.”
One of the strengths of MIA’s management courses is the use of a mix of industry and business specialist presenters. At the Gold Coast course for example three Certified Marina Managers (CMMs) with a combined 75 years of industry experience and three business specialists are presenting. Presenter Paul Sorrell CMM has extensive marina management experience across the Middle East as well as in NSW and QLD. Presenter Steve Sammes CMM from Gold Coast City Marina said it is one of the great things about the marina industry that CMMs give feely of their time as part of their continuing professional development and to give back to those coming up through the industry. “It is rewarding to assist with the training of younger people in our industry and to ensure that the training is practical and valuable to both the participants and the businesses that, in most instances, are funding the course participation.”