UK boatbuilder Sunseeker International is taking on another 10 apprentices this year, bringing the total number hired in 2015 to 38 – its largest annual intake ever.
The 10 new positions will be based at the company’s Osprey Quay facility in Portland, Dorset. Working as apprentice GRP laminators, the new hires will play a pivotal role on the production lines of Sunseeker’s entire motoryacht range, from the 48ft San Remo through to the flagship 155ft superyacht. Apprentices will work on the production and manufacture of GRP components, from hulls, decks and superstructures to small mouldings such as wet bars and seating.
“Developing new talent within the workforce is essential to maintaining our reputation and position as a world leader in luxury performance motoryacht design and manufacture and we fully recognise that,” says Sunseeker training manager Alex Bowman. “Not only will these apprentices get to work on our range of stunning boats on a daily basis, but there are huge career development opportunities at Sunseeker and in the wider UK marine industry.”
Sunseeker says it will provide a three-year, fixed-term training contract commencing in September 2015, day release at Bournemouth and Poole College, a competitive training salary, plus a range of benefits and a career in the composites boatbuilding industry. The apprentice framework sits within Marine Engineering and students will work towards achieving a full Level Two apprentice framework in GRP Laminating.
In March, Sunseeker said it would be hiring 28 new apprentices in 2015, its largest intake in four years. The latest wave of apprentices demonstrates the company’s investment in the future of the marine industry, enabling young people in the local community to kick-start their career in this sector.