New ‘Custom-built’ Skills for Princess Yachts Employees

22 November 2017 | College News

Employees at luxury yacht manufacturer Princess Yachts are being offered the chance to learn a new trade thanks to an innovative joinery course designed in partnership with City College Plymouth.

The bespoke ten-week programme 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.

Diane Ekland, Safety, Health and Environment and Training Manager at Princess Yachts, said: “Manufacturing furniture for designer yachts is a difficult skill to master, but producing these high quality bespoke items is crucial to finishing our yachts to our famously high standards. This course is a fantastic opportunity for our employees to upskill in a new trade and will enable the company to better meet project deadlines, thanks to this increased skills base. Creating opportunities like this is one of the main reasons that we value working so closely with City College.”

The initial cohort of ten employees will learn all the skills required to make custom-built furniture from expert lecturers at the College and will receive a formal qualification in bench joinery on completion of the course.

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. I hope to come out of this course with a new trade.”

Pauline Hands, Director of Marketing, Business Engagement and Enterprise, said: “Many organisations have a specific training need which cannot be met by ‘off-the-shelf’ training programmes. That is why more and more businesses are turning to the College to develop bespoke training options. With productivity high on the agenda, programmes like the one we have designed for Princess Yachts focus on giving employees the right skills in a timely and cost effective way.”

Businesses who are interested in how the College could help meet their training needs are advised to call 01752 305026 or e-mail for more information.

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