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Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

Apprentices left inspired by shipwrights' lectures

Published: 23 October 2013

More than 250 apprentices, students and graduates, together with their managers and lecturers from a range of high profile marine employers including Berthon, Lyme Regis Boatbuilding Academy, Pendennis, RNLI, Sunseeker, students from the University and local colleges attended the 2013 Annual Shipwrights’ Lecture, on the 23 October.

The event, held with the support of and at the University, brought together a diverse range of prestigious speakers from within Britain’s marine industry. The experts explored the opportunities and breadth of the career paths available to the sector’s young people today, predicting what the future holds for the industry and offering key career advice.

The event was heavily praised by Alex Bowman, Training Manager of Sunseeker, who attended the lecture along with over 50 of the company’s apprentices. Following the event, Alex commented, “The Shipwrights’ lecture is now an extremely important part of our apprentices’ development and it continues to enrich their programme, their development and the reputation of our own scheme.“

Mike Carr, Pendennis Joint Managing Director, said, “I was truly impressed by the lectures and all the Pendennis apprentices that attended felt that the speakers were most inspirational.”

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