Apprentices on Sunseeker apprenticeship programme win maritime industry competition

Four apprentices on the Sunseeker apprenticeship programme have sailed through a British Marine Electrical and Electronics Association (BMEEA) competition.

The level 3 electrical apprentices, all training and working at British boat builder Sunseeker International, were named among the winners and runners-up at the Apprentices Competition, which was recently held at Seawork’s Training and Careers Day in Southampton, an event designed to promote careers in the maritime industry.

Well done to the apprentices, who had to design the controls for a motor from design to construction, including a circuit diagram for their designed system, critical calculations set to meet ISO safety standards, and final wiring and assembly using test rigs.

The apprentices were awarded points for clear marking, efficiency and adherence to their initial design.

Congratulating the apprentices, Alex Bowman, head of organisational development at Sunseeker International, said: “We are exceptionally proud of our level 3 apprentices for winning and becoming runners-up in the BMEEA competition.

“This achievement is testament to their hard work and enthusiasm and the quality of training provided by Bournemouth and Poole College and their mentors at work, who pass down their knowledge and experience.

“We are confident that all our apprentices will soon become exceptionally skilled and highly qualified in their field of expertise.”

Discover a Sunseeker apprenticeship

Anyone interested in a maritime career should consider the Sunseeker apprenticeship programme.

The boat builder offers a four-year training programme that delivers around 1,250 training hours at a specialist marina training centre at Bournemouth and Poole College.

Each apprentice is paired with a highly qualified mentor in their chosen trade, completing around 6,000 hours of practical training.

Apprentices can focus on composites, carpentry and joinery, marine mechanical engineering, or marine electrical engineering, as they move through the various production stages of boat building over four years.

An apprenticeship culminates in an independent end-point assessment with the BMEEA.

Sunseeker also runs a skills academy that is open to anyone interested in pursuing a career in marine manufacturing.

In just 12 weeks, you’ll learn trade skills across five boat-building specialisms, including carpentry, plumbing, composite bonding, engineering and electrical installations.

Sunseeker says that limited places exist for September and November starts across boat building and composites manufacturing. Visit the boat builder’s careers page for more information.

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