Sunseeker launches boatbuilding academy

Sunseeker Skills Academy

British boatbuilder Sunseeker International has launched a new training initiative to address a national skills shortage affecting the marine industry.

The Sunseeker Skills Academy, developed in partnership with Bournemouth and Poole College, is open to those seeking a career change, offering individuals the opportunity to undertake a fully paid, 12-week intensive boat-building course.

Successful applicants will learn trade skills across five boat building specialisms, comprising carpentry, plumbing, composite bonding, engineering and electrical installations. Following an intensive training programme, students will join colleagues at the Sunseeker Shipyards in Poole to further develop competencies and achieve a nationally recognised qualification over 12 months.

“We’re taking a proactive approach to address the industry-wide challenges in attracting and developing talent,” says Alex Bowman, head of organisational development at Sunseeker International.

“By partnering with Bournemouth and Poole College, we are able to create training programmes that are tailored to teach the skills that we need in order to expand and evolve the pool of talent that is the lifeblood of our industry. We aim to start 100 new boat builders through our new Skills Academy in 2023, which will complement our existing and award-winning apprenticeship programme.”

Phil Sayles, principal and CEO at Bournemouth and Poole College, adds: “Supporting companies in developing the skilled workforce they need is a key priority for our college. We are delighted to be expanding our work with Sunseeker, a key local business. This initiative will enable the creation of skilled jobs and bring more prosperity to our area.”

Applications for the course can be made online at the Sunseeker careers portal.

Sunseeker has recently reported a global order book of £600 million and £40 million investment in new product development across the next three years. The firm says it has increased its hourly pay by 17 per cent since 2021.

In March, Sunseeker confirmed the appointment of its first sustainability and environmental manager. The Poole-based luxury motorboat manufacturer says Sean Dempsey’s appointment is part of its wider commitment to long-term sustainable development.

One response to “Sunseeker launches boatbuilding academy”

  1. Katie Evans says:

    Funny that apprenticeship have taken a reserve list then putting this out there very disappointing for school leavers should just be a simple yes or no not keeping them on a string dangling a carrot.
    They need to know what to do before September comes around.