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UK. British Marine Federation promotes development with BMF Training Awards

Monday, 10 March 2008

The British Marine Federation's Training Awards have been presented in a new format this year, with the aim of recognising excellence in both companies and individuals alike.

The annual awards are designed to celebrate Marine businesses and individuals that demonstrate outstanding business and personal success through investment in training. By raising awareness of this, the awards hope to inspire others to invest in learning and development.

Prizes were awarded at the BMF AGM Conference in Bristol to three nominated categories; The Small Company Training Award, The Large Company Training and Development Award, and the Trainee/ Apprentice of the year.

A trophy and £500 have been presented to the winner of each category, with runners up receiving a certificate. A feature article will also appear in BMF News, highlighting the finalist's achievements and contribution to learning and development.

The new format attracted a flurry of entries from across the Leisure Marine sector; where despite extensive promotional activity, past years numbers have been disappointing.

This year's winners are:

Trainee/ Apprentice of the Year Award -

Robert Hitchen, who studied at The Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis won this award. 

Rob worked as a Fisherman in Salcombe but wanted to work as a Boatbuilder. He renovated and sold his fishing boat to finance his Boatbuilding course and went on to complete a City & Guilds Level Three certificate in Boatbuilding at Boatbuilding Academy.  Since completing the course he has set up a company to build Salcombe Yawls and within twelve months expects to be in a position to employ another boat builder to work alongside him.

Second place was awarded to Tristan Jones, of Pendennis Shipyard.

Tristan undertook a four year Apprenticeship at Pendennis Shipyard and then proceeded to complete a HNC and HND in furniture construction.  The company then sponsored him through three years of study to attain a Degree in 3D design. During this time he worked for three and a half months per year at the shipyard. On returning full time to Pendennis he has been working as an Assistant Project Manager on a number of large projects.

With so many outstanding nominations, joint third place was given to Jacob Stimpson; Princess Yachts, and Gavin Williams; Windboats Marine:

Jacob completed his Boatbuilding apprenticeship at Princess Yachts within three years; he was awarded the Monks & Crane award in 2007 and has been selected for a Management course within Princess Yachts as a first step onto the management ladder.

Gavin moved from his home in Wales to join Windboats as an apprentice Boat Outfitter. He is an outstanding trainee within the company with a personal desire to move forward into Naval architecture.

Large Company Training and Development Award - 

Mylor Yacht Harbour won this category.

Having developed an entire company approach to development, encapsulated in a programme called "The Way Forward". The original aim was to provide Customer Service training for all staff not only with reference to customers, but also staff internally. This proved to be a catalyst for change within the company.  Staff now benefit from an understanding of roles right across the company: an accountant can have an understanding of osmosis and a shipwright can understand his own individual impact on capital expenditure. Training is now key to the future development of Mylor and each department now has a rolling two year skills and training plan, which covers apprentices and management training.

Second place was awarded to Pendennis Shipyard

Pendennis introduced a cross company Apprenticeship scheme in 1988 which represented a revival of the traditional apprenticeship scheme but with a modern twist. The scheme was further developed in 2005 via the construction of a pathway for surface finishing meeting both a local and national need. This allowed Pendennis to develop a world class finishing team in the shipyard, and decrease the reliance on subcontractors.

Third position was awarded to Varis. 

Varis was not able to source the necessary training required for staff development in the Highlands and Islands region, so set up a Training Division within the company. This now not only delivers Apprentice training to internal Engineering staff but is also being expanded to other local companies.

Small Company Training and Development Award -

For this newly established award, judges felt unable to select a winner this year. They would however like to recognise and highly commend Bisham Abbey Sailing School.

Sarah Dhanda, Director of Training at the BMF said: "On behalf of the British Marine Federation I would like to congratulate all the winners and runners up.  Their commitment to training is admirable and demonstrates the high quality of both training and trainees in the Marine Sector..
"I would also like to thank all those member companies who submitted entries and to encourage many others to take advantage of this opportunity next year."

Last Updated ( Monday, 10 March 2008 )