The Port of Brisbane has launched a forward-thinking Australian cadetship program to encourage and support talented women to embark on a maritime career, helping to boost female participation in what has been historically, a heavily male-dominated industry. Women make up approximately 2% of the world’s maritime industry workforce, and they have traditionally not been encouraged or enabled to pursue work in the maritime industry, particularly sea-faring posts.

The innovative cadetship program offers full-time roles designed to be compatible with cadets’ other life commitments, including family responsibilities.

Jill Rossouw, Investment Director

But the tide is turning. Over the last three decades, key industry bodies, including the International Maritime Organisation and Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association, have worked to create training and career pathways for women into the industry. Individual ports and shipping companies around the world are also playing an important role in promoting greater diversity within the industry, including PBPL. PBPL’s cadetship program is a paid work and training program for women within its Marine Operations business.