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New Cockwells apprentice scheme launched

Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding has partnered with Cornwall Marine Network (CMN) to train the next generation of boatbuilders through a new City & Guilds Level 3 Boatbuilder Apprenticeship scheme.

The scheme is aimed at learners aged 16 and above with training starting in November.

The course will be delivered over 48 months, with learning will initially taking place at Cockwells’ satellite facility in Ponsharden.

With a 50/50 split between practice and theory, the first three weeks will comprise intensive ‘practice and play’ to provide a flavour of the range of skills that the Apprentices will learn on the workshop floor during their studies. Theoretical aspects of boatbuilding be covered in day release sessions.

Curriculum content

“As a City & Guilds accredited delivery partner and assessor for the Level 3 Boatbuilding Apprenticeship qualification, we have worked closely with Cockwells’ managers to curate curriculum content that will enable learners to gain skills across production, manufacturing, service and construction,” explained CMN’s boatbuilding programme manager, Amy Stringfellow.

The qualification is designed to introduce apprentices to the full range of career opportunities that are available to them within the wider boatbuilding and marine sector, from project manager, lecturer, assessor and marine/electrical engineer, to naval architect, paint sprayer, laminator, joiner or boatyard operative.

Highly-skilled

“As Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding continues to expand, the need for highly-skilled craftsmen and women increases,” said Cockwells’ founder and MD, Dave Cockwell. “By working together, we can ensure that Cornwall’s reputation for boatbuilding excellence is retained and sustained for the future. As a proudly Cornish employer, we are passionate about sharing our artisan craftsmanship and experience of technological innovation and advanced engineering with the next generation of boatbuilders, so this is an exciting project for the company and for Cornwall.”

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