2012 Shipwrights Lecture for marine apprentices confirmed

Thu, 07 June 2012

The 2012 Shipwrights Lecture for marine apprentices, young shipwrights and marine graduates will take place on Wednesday 17 October 2012 at the Turner Sims Hall, University of Southampton.

The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, in conjunction with the University of Southampton held the first Shipwrights Lecture in 2011. The event attracted over 300 delegates including apprentices from a host of well known British boatbuilders including British Marine Federation (BMF) members Princess, Sunseeker, Pendennis, Fairline, Discovery Yachts, Berthon, Rustler Yachts and also SYS and Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy.

The BMF, training providers, universities, colleges and industry bodies all attended last year’s inaugural lecture and will be supporting the 2012 lecture.

The aim of the Shipwrights Lecture is to awaken apprentices to the opportunities in the immensely wide-ranging marine industry and to inform and inspire them of the careers that can develop from learning skills in laminating, wiring, joinery and outfitting to design, naval architecture and management.

Alex Bowman, Training Manager at Sunseeker International is an enthusiastic supporter of the Shipwrights Lectures and commented: "The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights lectures are an excellent way of adding enrichment to the Sunseeker apprentice programme.  We will be sending 50 of our apprentices to the lectures this October and I know that all our students will benefit from the exposure to other elements of the UK Marine industry."

Michael Derrick, liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights has been instrumental in organising the Shipwrights Lectures together with fellow liverymen James Grazebrook, Chairman of Halyard (M&I) Ltd and Freeman Nigel Stuart, Managing Director of Discovery Yachts.

Michael commented: “Last year’s Shipwrights Lecture proved to be an excellent platform to show young apprentices, trainees and graduates just how dynamic and exciting the UK marine industry is and the leading part they play in this international industry. The lecture not only informs and inspires young people but also offers them the chance to network with their peers and some of the industry’s well known leaders which all help to encourage and retain the skills in this vibrant sector.”

The event is free to attend for apprentices, shipwright and graduates under 25 together with their employers and lecturers.

Online registration will be available at


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