Oyster Yachts seeking workforce for manufacturing sites
Oyster Yachts is seeking additional workforce at its Southampton headquarters and its Norfolk manufacturing centre in Wroxham. During the summer and autumn, the boat builder says it has seen increased demand across the whole of its range and is looking for a wide selection of applicants to join its yacht production teams.
“We have cast our search wide to attract experts beyond traditional boat building, specifically individuals with transferable skills, trades including electricians and joiners. We are looking for a variety of expert tradesmen and women such as joiners, electricians, laminators, painters and engineers, as well as experienced boat builders,” comments Mujgan Trowbridge, Head of HR for Oyster Yachts.
“We have some great opportunities for people to come and join us. Whether experienced, or just starting out, we are looking to support and encourage people to consider a career in building the finest sailing yachts in the world. We also offer an apprenticeship programme, which guarantees individuals a career in this unique industry, not to mention learning time-honoured craftsmanship skills.”
Oyster currently has a full order book for its blue water sailing boats, ranging from 50 to 125 feet, and the company has just launched its new 50-foot model and initial interest is set to increase demand on production in the New Year.
“Over the last year, we have seen a period of unprecedented growth, which despite the economic challenges the UK is facing, is encouraging. With full order books into 2023, we are able to offer our staff much needed financial stability and good career opportunities. It is an exciting time for Oyster Yachts, and we look forward to sharing the journey with all our employees, new and existing,” says Becky Bridgen, Deputy CEO Oyster Yachts.
The site at Wroxham is looking to increase its head count to 126 tradespeople, with Southampton requiring 130 tradespeople by the late Spring. Full training will be provided.