Maritime & Marine

Published: October 12, 2020 | Updated: October 12, 2020

Sunseeker salutes: Luxury motor yacht builder marks success of 21 apprentices and graduates

Six of the 21 apprentices and graduates at the Sunseeker International ceremony: Robbie Frampton, Jordan Trace, James Wowkula, Lewis Graham, Oliver Jones and Josh Kirby.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Sunseeker International is celebrating the graduation of more apprentices and graduates.

The Poole-based company’s management team presented 21 successful individuals with their certificates.

Each had completed Sunseeker’s award-winning apprenticeship scheme or its brand-new graduate scheme.

The Sunseeker Apprenticeship Programme launched in 1979.

It has since supported hundreds of apprentices with multiple learning pathways, including carpentry, composites, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and IT.

The apprenticeship is taught over three or four years at the Bournemouth and Poole College’s Marine Technology Centre, alongside on-the-job training at its Poole and Portland shipyards.

The vast majority of apprentices go on to remain with the company and progress their careers including senior leadership roles.

Sunseeker International’s apprenticeship scheme has been frequently recognised as a leading course in apprenticeship training.

The success has led to the recent introduction of the ‘Sunseeker Graduate Programme’.

It is a new scheme created by Sunseeker to help university graduates gain a commercial understanding of how the organisation operates by offering two-year placements, allowing them to experience all elements of their specialism and supporting roles.

The graduation was the first for the new programme.

Neil Ramsden, Talent Manager, pictured left, said: “Apprenticeships continue to be justifiably sought after as a route to develop valuable skills and talent, leading to a fulfilling and rewarding career.

“We congratulate the 21 individuals who have completed the programme which has tested them but ultimately given them the knowledge, confidence and ability they need to succeed.

“Our apprentices will have learnt the necessary craft skills from experienced boat builders to produce the level of quality and attention-to-detail for which Sunseeker is renowned.

“Meanwhile, our graduates have received an exceptional commercial understanding which will help them develop into diverse and challenging roles.

“Both routes present a brilliant opportunity to establish lifelong careers within the leisure marine industry.”

The apprentices and graduates were celebrated with a presentation and thanks from Sean Robertson, Sales Director; Timon Orlob, Chief Operating Officer; Neil Ramsden, Talent Manager, and Michelle Wilkinson. Apprentice Coordinator.

The ceremony was held at the new ‘Sunseeker on Show’ facility at West Quay Road, Poole.