Speakers for Shipwrights’ Lectures 2015 are announced

Speakers for Shipwrights’ Lectures 2015 are announced

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The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights has recently released this year’s programme of prestigious speakers. But get in there quick! Current entries are exceeding those of this time last year, so individuals and companies are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Now in its fifth year, the annual lectures invite the industry leaders from the marine sector to inform and inspire young apprentices, shipwrights and graduates about the huge range of opportunities and career paths to be found in the UK’s unique and dynamic marine industry.


Commencing proceedings will be Berthon Boat Company’s second year Engineer Apprentice, Nathan Smith, and fourth year Shipwright Apprentice, Jack Gunstone-Smith. They’ll be sharing their experiences within the industry, including their participated in the voyage from New Zealand to Lymington on Grey Wold, an FPB 64 designed by Steve Dashew.

Technical Editor at Yachting World magazine, Matt Sheahan will chair a group of six leading specialists on the topic ‘Marine Propulsion – Past, Present and Future‘. This will be a fast-paced discussion, outlining the development of power and propulsion systems, giving apprentices an insight into this side of the industry as well as the opportunity to ask questions.

The Shipwrights welcome Henk Weikens, Joint Founder and Shareholder at Pendennis Shipyard, as one of the guest speakers at this year’s event. Pendennis’ award-winning apprentice scheme has trainer over 160 individuals in key industry trades over the past 17 years. In fact, just under one third of the company’s current workforce have been trained by the apprentice programme, including many who have progressed to senior positions like Project Engineers, Department and Project Managers.

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This year’s closing words will be from Charles Hunter-Pease, Chairman of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Charles was appointed Chairman in 2013 after combining his experience as a successful businessman, RNLI trustee and long-serving volunteer.

The Shipwrights’ Lectures were first held in 2011 and today attract apprentices from highly successful companies in the marine industry located from Falmouth to the Mersey. The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights’ Annual Lectures are free for apprentices, young shipwrights, students and graduates, plus, any participant will receive a certificate of attendance.

For more information, please visit www.shipwrights.co.uk


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