Sunseeker Announces Record Apprentice Intake For 2016

Sunseeker International is delighted to announce that it is hiring a record intake of apprentices in 2016, with 14 being recruited to join the team in Portland and a further 26 to the team in Poole. These 40 new hires will bring the total number of apprentices to 120 – the highest number of apprentices at Sunseeker to date.

Announcing the intake at the start of National Apprenticeship Week, Sunseeker is proud to be a part of the government’s apprenticeship scheme and helps to provide many international and domestic career opportunities, with many senior managers developing from the programme. The government’s aim is to reach 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020 and with the help from employers in the UK, the number of apprenticeship starts in 2014/2015 stood at 871,800, with an increase of 74% in the engineering and manufacturing sector.

There are four different specialisms at Sunseeker for the 40 apprentices to choose from, including Composite Boat Builders, Carpentry Boat Builders, Marine Electricians and Marine Engineers. The apprentices will play a pivotal role on the production lines of the iconic yacht range, from the 48ft San Remo through to the brand’s flagship 155ft superyacht, learning traditional shipwright methods to loft and construct boats from wood, as well as installing a wide variety of mechanical and electrical systems such as hydraulic circuits and stunning audio and visual systems.

Sunseeker has recognised the benefits of developing apprentices since 1979 and works with Bournemouth & Poole College and its specialist Marine Technology Centre to hone the high level skills required to develop the young marine engineers and boat builders of the future.

Commenting on the new apprenticeships, Sunseeker’s Training Manager Alex Bowman said: “We are delighted to be recruiting 40 apprentices to join our team in Portland and Poole. Our record intake of apprentices demonstrates our investment in the future of the marine industry, enabling young people in the local community to kick-start their career in this sector. Developing new talent within the workforce is essential to maintaining our reputation and position as a world leader in luxury performance motor yacht design and manufacture and we fully recognise that. 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.”

More about the roles

Sunseeker International is offering apprentices three x four year Advance Apprenticeship pathways in Marine Mechanical Engineering, Marine Electrical and Carpentry Boat Building, as well as one, three-year intermediate apprenticeship pathway in Composite Boat Building.

The team at Poole will be looking to recruit, ten Composite Boat Builders, eight Carpentry Boat Builders, four Marine Electricians and four Marine Engineers, while the team at Portland are looking to recruit ten Composite Boat Builders, two Carpentry Boat Builders, one Marine Electrician and one Marine Engineer.

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