James Turner (20) and George Bloomfield (25) from Golden Arrow Marine (Poole Branch) had cause to celebrate at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show, as they graduated with dozens of youngsters from the British Marine Federation’s apprenticeship award scheme on Tuesday 16th September.
Olympic sailing legend Sir Ben Ainslie handed out certificates to the 58 graduates from maritime firms from across the south coast at the show’s fourth annual Apprenticeship Awards.
Sir Ben said: “Apprentices are a vital part of the future of the marine industry. In terms of the maritime industry on the south coast, it’s important that we keep motivating youngsters and giving them to options to learn a skill. It’s quite a diverse industry with lots of skills required and as someone passionately involved in the marine industry it’s great to be able to support that.”