BM honours apprentices at annual graduation

Sixty new apprentices graduated at British Marine's annual ceremony held at SIBS Photo: British Marine Sixty new apprentices graduated at British Marine's annual ceremony held at SIBS Photo: British Marine

British Marine has honoured 60 apprentices at the trade association's annual Apprenticeship Graduation at Southampton International Boat Show powered by Borrow a Boat.

The apprentices, who graduated in a range of different specialisms including carpentry, engineering, computer-aided design and welding, completed their apprenticeships with six different BM members – Princess Yachts, Pendennis Shipyard, Berthon Boat Company, Richardson’s Leisure, Sunseeker International and the RNLI.

Focusing on people and skills

Blue Davies, head of training at BM, said it was a delight to honour the apprentices and celebrate their career development. "One of our key focuses this year for our new national agenda is people and skills and our apprenticeship programme is a key component of this.

"Although there is still work to do across the industry in supporting women in particular into marine jobs, we’re working with the Department for Transport, Maritime UK and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers on a new ‘People Like Me’ project for the marine industry to showcase women in the sector and breakdown stereotypes in the industry. There is further to go, but we are making progress."

This year the awards were presented by Chris Gates, a former apprentice who rose through the ranks to become managing director at Princess Yachts, a position he has held until June this year. In total, the marine industry now has more than 400 apprentices across the sector.

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