2012 Shipwrights Lecture for marine apprentices confirmed for 17th October 2012
The 2012 Shipwrights Lecture for marine apprentices, young shipwrights and marine graduates will take place on Wednesday 17th October 2012 at the Turner Sims Hall, University of Southampton. The annual lecture invites industry leaders from the leisure marine sector to inform and inspire young apprentices, shipwrights and graduates about the breadth, opportunities and career paths available in the UK’s unique and dynamic marine industry.
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 Princess, Sunseeker, Pendennis, Fairline, Discovery Yachts, SYS, Berthon, Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy and Rustler Yachts. Training providers, universities, colleges and industry bodies including the British Marine Federation 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. Attendance is free for apprentices nominated by their employers and young people under the age of 25 who are studying in the marine sector. Each apprentice receives a certificate of attendance.
The first of this year’s lectures will be given by Andy Claughton from the world renowned Wolfson Unit, part of the University of Southampton, who offer state-of-the-art consultancy in the field of ship and yacht design, naval architecture, marine technology and industrial aerodynamics.
Andy will talk about various state-of-the-art hull forms, both power and sail that the Wolfson Unit have been involved with and will give an overview of their tank testing and wind tunnel facilities and research.
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 programme for the 2012 Shipwrights Lecture promises to be just as thought-provoking and inspirational and I’m delighted that so many employers are supporting our efforts by bringing so many of their apprentices to the lecture this October.
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 their employers and lecturers.
Employers and Colleges are asked to compile the details of all the apprentices and students who will attend, together with the accompanying staff.