Maritime & Marine

Happy birthday! Sunseeker Skills Academy celebrates one year milestone

Sunseeker Skills Academy - Photo Credit: Bournemouth & Poole College

By Andrew Diprose [email protected]

Published: March 4, 2024 | Updated: 4th March 2024

A fast-track training scheme for luxury boatbuilder Sunseeker International has celebrated its first birthday.

Andrea Frabetti, Chief Executive Officer at the Poole-based firm, visited Bournemouth & Poole College to mark the anniversary of the Sunseeker Skills Academy.

Launched as a new training programme to address a national skills shortage, the academy was developed in partnership with Bournemouth and Poole College.

It introduces aspiring boatbuilders to five boatbuilding specialisms over 15 months.

Photo Credit Bournemouth & Poole College

The structured 12-week training curriculum is delivered by both the college faculty and Sunseeker experts.

Upon completion of the training course, newly qualified boatbuilders integrate into the shipyards where they receive further practical training and guidance.

With a focus on immersive learning in a bespoke environment, trainees are equipped with the skills and expertise essential for success in the shipyards.

Reflecting on the academy’s impact, Andrea Frabetti said: “The Sunseeker Skills Academy stands as a testament to our commitment to nurturing talent and advancing excellence in boatbuilding.

“Our partnership with Bournemouth and Poole College has not only empowered over 100 newly trained employees but has also significantly enhanced shipyard productivity and efficiency.

“The confidence and skills displayed by our trainee employees underscore the effectiveness of the Sunseeker Skills Academy in preparing individuals for the rigors of the boatbuilding industry.

“We are immensely proud of their achievements and grateful to the lecturers and staff whose dedication has made this programme a resounding success.”

Phil Sayles, Principal of Bournemouth and Poole College, said: “Bournemouth and Poole College has two complementary goals: to train people so they can do better jobs, build careers and have better lives; and to work with employers to help them build the skilled workforces they need for business success.

“Together, these goals will make our area and country more prosperous and happier.

“The Sunseeker Skills Academy and the rest of our work with this world-class company is a source of great pride for us.”

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