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10/12/2020 | News release | Archived content

Apprentice and graduate success celebrated at Sunseeker

Published on: 12 October 2020

This week, Sunseeker International is celebrating the graduation of the latest group of apprentices and graduates. The management team presented 21 successful individuals with their certificates, having completed either the company's award-winning apprenticeship scheme or its brand-new graduate scheme.
The Sunseeker Apprenticeship Programme launched in 1979 and has supported many apprentices with multiple learning pathways, including carpentry, composites, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and IT. The apprenticeship is taught over three or four years at Bournemouth and Poole College's Marine Technology Centre, alongside on-the-job training at the Sunseeker shipyards in Poole and Portland. The vast majority of apprentices go on to remain with the company and progress their careers including senior leadership roles.
Sunseeker International's successful apprenticeship scheme has led to the recent introduction of the 'Sunseeker Graduate Programme'. This is a new scheme created by Sunseeker to help university graduates gain a commercial understanding of how the organisation operates by offering two-year placements, allowing them to experience all elements of their specialism and supporting roles. This week is the first graduation for this new programme and Sunseeker is delighted to recognise the individuals within this first intake.
Neil Ramsden, Talent Manager at Sunseeker International, commented: 'Apprenticeships continue to be justifiably sought after as a route to develop valuable skills and talent, leading to a fulfilling and rewarding career. We congratulate the 21 individuals who have completed the programme which has tested them but ultimately given them the knowledge, confidence and ability they need to succeed. Our apprentices will have learnt the necessary craft skills from experienced boat builders to produce the level of quality and attention-to-detail for which Sunseeker is renowned; meanwhile, our graduates have received an exceptional commercial understanding which will help them develop into diverse and challenging roles. Both routes present a brilliant opportunity to establish lifelong careers within the leisure marine industry.'
British Marine, Head of Training, Blue Davies added; 'It is great to see apprentices and graduates progressing and completing their programmes, despite the current COVID-19 situation. British Marine is currently coordinating Apprentice Trailblazer groups in developing a Marine Electrical Apprenticeship Standard and a Marine Surfacer Standard, which will complement the already developed Boat Builder and Marine Engineer Standards that have been developed with some of our members, including Sunseeker.'