Westpac staff visit STS Young Endeavour

A group of Westpac Bank employees recently received a first-hand taste of life as a sailor when they joined the crew of the STS Young Endeavour on Sydney Harbour as part of a community open day.

The 24 members of the youth crew who had sailed from Brisbane shared their experiences aboard the tall ship and gave guests an overview of life onboard.

Westpac Information Security Consultant Phillip Milton said he was impressed to see the Young Endeavour crew in action.

“The highlight of the day was seeing how competent the young crew was after only 10 days of sailing,” Mr Milton said.

“We all spent time talking to the Young Endeavour permanent crew and young adults, taking part in their command day, jumping on lines and helping set sails.

“Many of the behaviours displayed by the crew demonstrate the strength and attributes Defence instills in people of all ages- attributes such as accountability, leadership and teamwork through training, opportunity and empowerment.”

Mr Milton is an active member of the Westpac employee group which aims to ensure the bank supports its Reservist employees and families.

“We want to communicate to our hiring mangers the value that veterans can bring to our organisation by showing them first-hand examples of what reservists do, experiences like our day on the Young Endeavour and boss lift are great aids in achieving this.”

The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme delivers an internationally recognised youth development program that builds confidence, resilience and social responsibility amongst young Australians.

Since 1988 the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy, has provided challenging training voyages for nearly 14,000 young Australians in Young Endeavour.

 

Westpac employees joint the crew of STS Young Endeavour recently

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