Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald is calling on young Queenslanders looking for an adventure out of the ordinary to apply for a voyage with the sail training ship Young Endeavour.
Senator Macdonald said a voyage on the Young Endeavour can give participants skills for life and the opportunity to test themselves in challenging new environments.
“This is a wonderful program for young people aged 16-23. During the 11 day voyage they’ll be disconnected from social media and learn communication, teamwork and leadership skills, which helps prepare them for the workforce,” Senator Macdonald said.
“The program, delivered by Royal Australian Navy personnel, also cultivates awareness of the benefits of diversity and instils a desire to contribute to society.
“During each voyage, 24 young participants from across Australia are taught the skills required to sail a square-rigged tall ship – including how to navigate, keep watch, cook in the galley, take the helm and climb the 30 metre mast to work aloft, setting and furling sails.
“With the ship soon to sail north from Sydney to tropical North Queensland, now is a great time for young people from across regional Queensland to apply for a voyage and gain memories and skills to last a lifetime.”
Young Endeavour conducts approximately 20 voyages each year, typically on the east coast of Australia. Now in its 30th year, the internationally recognised program has benefitted more than 13,300 young Australians
For more information about the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme and to apply for voyages aboard STS Young Endeavour, visit http://www.youngendeavour.gov.au.