‘Custom-built’ Skills for Princess Yachts Employees

21 February 2018 | Construction & the Building Trades, Employers

Employees at luxury yacht manufacturer Princess Yachts have learnt a new trade thanks to an innovative joinery course designed in partnership with City College Plymouth.

The bespoke ten-week carpentry academy was developed in response to Princess Yachts’ initiative which encourages a broadening of skills amongst their employees to enable them to advance their career by working in different departments.

The initial cohort of ten employees learnt all the skills required to make custom-built furniture from expert lecturers at the College and have now completed the course, receiving a formal qualification in bench joinery.

Roger Manser, 56, was a chippy by trade and had recently joined the company when he was offered the chance to apply for the course. He said: “Having never done anything like this before, this course offered a completely different direction for my career. I wanted that knowledge and to work with materials I have never used before.”

Diane Ekland, Safety, Health and Environment and Training Manager at Princess Yachts, said: “This course has been a great success with all ten completing the programme and achieving their qualifications. I am really proud of them all, and I hope the students will go away feeling better equipped and more confident in their own abilities. This course has achieved exactly what we wanted it to; upskilling Princess Yachts employees in their field. It is just one of the many reasons we value our close working relationship with the College.”

City College’s Academy Manager of Construction and Allied Trades, Charlie Pond, said: “The students have worked tirelessly; every time I dropped in to the workshop, they had their heads down and were working hard – it is great to see this pay off. They have worked as a team and helped each other to succeed; sharing their knowledge and skills which I am sure they will continue to do when back at work.”

Businesses who are interested in how the College could support them to meet their training needs are advised to call 01752 305026 or e-mail employers@cityplym.ac.uk for more information.

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