YOUNG people have to expand their horizons and go for maritime jobs beyond Fiji.
This was the call made by Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji chief executive officer Neale Slack at the World Maritime Day celebrations in Lautoka on Friday.
Speaking to this newspaper, Mr Slack said there were about 30,000 maritime vacancies around the world that young Fijians could take advantage of.
"We were audited in the last week of June by the European Union," he said.
"This was in conjunction with European Maritime Safety Agency. The German Government wants to recruit Fijian sea farers.
"That opens up all opportunities for people to work on foreign vessels for the EU.
"Once we get approval from the German Government, this will be a massive opportunity for the employment of our local mariners."
Mr Slack said the availability of universities like University of the South Pacific and Fiji National University during the day was beneficial to the students.
"There are 1500 children here and they could have opportunities that could take them around the world."