BOAT builders from around Scotland gathered recently at City of Glasgow College to support the launch of a new Modern Apprenticeship in Boat Building and Repair. Semta, the Engineering Skills Council, in cooperation with British Marine, colleges and representatives of the marine industry have developed the new Modern Apprenticeship to encourage the recruitment and training of the next generation of boat builders in Scotland.

British Marine Scotland joint chairman, Simon Limb is delighted with the support shown for the new qualification and commented; ‘Design of this new Modern Apprenticeship has been led by the industry and we would like to thank everyone who contributed to this process and who supported the launch event. We now look forward to the next stage and continued support towards take up of the new Modern Apprenticeship.’

Blue Davies, head of training at British Marine commented ‘I now encourage all employers in the marine sector throughout Scotland, to engage with one of the colleges involved so far and be part of the first cohort of apprentices on this training scheme.

The University of the Highlands and Islands will offer the new apprenticeship in boat building and repair and Don Mitchell, head of curriculum at Argyll College, which will deliver the programme for the university, said the apprenticeship scheme is in response to growing demand for traditional boat builders and repair yards whose employers have been increasingly concerned over their ageing workforce.