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Students from St. James Regional High School's career development classes got to visit Marine Atlantic to learn about the company's safety procedures.
Students from St. James Regional High School's career development classes got to visit Marine Atlantic to learn about the company's safety procedures.

Students from St. James Regional High School got some on-the-job safety training with Marine Atlantic in the fall.

Students in St. James' career development 2201 classes were given a presentation by Marine Atlantic staff on safety in the workplace and participated in a pair of visits to the Port aux Basques terminal.
The first visit happened in late October and the students participated in a safety orientation meeting and were each given a full set of safety gear before being taken aboard the MV Highlanders. On board, students watched a demonstration of proper loading.
In December, students visited Marine Atlantic's life raft centre and watched crews perform an inspection.
Denesta Vautier participated in the two visits, and said the experience was a lot of fun.
"I enjoyed learning how to put on their safety gear and equipment and going aboard the vessel and seeing a near-miss," she said.
Sisters Deonaka and Deaja Bobbett said a highlight of the visits was learning about the life rafts.
"We learned about all the precautions that need to be taken when entering the life rafts and how everything plays its role," Deaja said. "All the workers were really friendly, answering all our questions."
Her sister said she hoped future classes would get similar opportunities.
"I think it was a wonderful experience," Deonaka said.
The visits came about as Marine Atlantic's occupational health and safety committee in Port aux Basques tried to come up with a way to follow a theme from a safety conference.
"The theme for 2015 (was) educating the next generation in safety in the workplace," Port aux Basques terminal manager Terry Anderson said.
Anderson met with St. James principal Dave Clarke and guidance counsellor JoAnn O'Brien. Anderson said O'Brien told him a partnership was a good way to teach the career development students.
Anderson said he's hopeful for future visits to other Marine Atlantic facilities like the carpenter shop or the bridge of one of the ferries.
bryan.tait@tc.tc

Students in St. James' career development 2201 classes were given a presentation by Marine Atlantic staff on safety in the workplace and participated in a pair of visits to the Port aux Basques terminal.
The first visit happened in late October and the students participated in a safety orientation meeting and were each given a full set of safety gear before being taken aboard the MV Highlanders. On board, students watched a demonstration of proper loading.
In December, students visited Marine Atlantic's life raft centre and watched crews perform an inspection.
Denesta Vautier participated in the two visits, and said the experience was a lot of fun.
"I enjoyed learning how to put on their safety gear and equipment and going aboard the vessel and seeing a near-miss," she said.
Sisters Deonaka and Deaja Bobbett said a highlight of the visits was learning about the life rafts.
"We learned about all the precautions that need to be taken when entering the life rafts and how everything plays its role," Deaja said. "All the workers were really friendly, answering all our questions."
Her sister said she hoped future classes would get similar opportunities.
"I think it was a wonderful experience," Deonaka said.
The visits came about as Marine Atlantic's occupational health and safety committee in Port aux Basques tried to come up with a way to follow a theme from a safety conference.
"The theme for 2015 (was) educating the next generation in safety in the workplace," Port aux Basques terminal manager Terry Anderson said.
Anderson met with St. James principal Dave Clarke and guidance counsellor JoAnn O'Brien. Anderson said O'Brien told him a partnership was a good way to teach the career development students.
Anderson said he's hopeful for future visits to other Marine Atlantic facilities like the carpenter shop or the bridge of one of the ferries.
bryan.tait@tc.tc

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