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Why do an apprenticeship in Boat Building and Maintenance?

Why do an apprenticeship in Boat Building and Maintenance?When Jacob Stimpson signed up for a boat building apprenticeship, he never imagined it would take him round the world, working solo on yachts.

What work did you do during your apprenticeship?

During my apprenticeship with Princess Yachts International I made health and safety equipment, such as access ramps, which led to a safer working environment.

I also highlighted areas in the master cabin to be redesigned, which ultimately saved the company time and money.

Had you always planned to do an apprenticeship?

When I left school, I wanted to go to university. Instead, I opted for an apprenticeship and have never looked back. I got paid to learn and finished with a job and skills that I can use anywhere in the world.

Do you think your apprenticeship has been a success?

Since joining Princess, I have really started to enjoy my trade and I feel like I’ve grown into my role by gaining valuable experience and training.

I am very proud of my accomplishments as an apprentice. In my third year, I went around the world working solo on yachts, which is a really rare opportunity for a third year apprentice.

I now mentor an apprentice, sharing my tips and techniques, and I hope he’ll benefit from his apprenticeship as much as I have from mine.

I feel that I have already gained a vast knowledge of the company, from working on different boat lines to completing warranty work.

Where will you go from here?

I feel that I have found my chosen profession and am proud to work for the company. I don’t plan on stopping here, and started a management development programme to help me take the next step in my career.

I know there is still a lot of work to be done and I would like to think that this is the next step towards succeeding in this business.

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(Information taken from the Apprenticeships website)