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Two apprentices join the boatyard

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Two new apprentices have come on-board at SYH to join our highly skilled boat building team at our on-site workshop.

Joining us for a four year apprenticeship, James Noble, 19, and Albie Algar, 18, will combine traditional training with hands-on work in the boatyard.

The pair will be working under the close supervision of our experienced shipwrights including Robert Clarke, who himself started working at SYH more than 15 years ago as an apprentice. They will share their expertise repairing classic and modern boats from 20’ to 70’ with James and Albie, as they each undergo training in specialist areas.

James will receive training on all areas of boat building and maintenance on traditional wooden yachts and glass reinforced plastic boats, including yacht plumbing, deck fittings and hull repairs. Albie is being mentored by our experienced spray painter, Blake Pollard, and will be focused on training in spray and brush paint applications using single and two part paint systems.

The apprenticeship scheme, which began in September, will include formal training supported by the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and Paragon Training. Both apprentices have also received an induction on the water as part of their training, and will be offered the opportunity to crew in the future.

Josh Major, Boatyard Services Director comments: “We have been impressed with James and Albie’s enthusiasm during the early stages of their training and look forward to seeing how they advance during their apprenticeship.

“Our team of skilled craftsman enjoy sharing their passion for boatbuilding with the next generation. It is an exciting time to be training an apprentice as the demand for boat maintenance and repairs has grown considerably in recent years, and we are pleased to be able to nurture local talent.”

Keep an eye out for the spring issue of Harbour Light where we’ll update you on James and Albie’s progress in our boatyard.

Jonathan and Josh will start their hunt for two more new apprentices next year. We also have a vacancy for an experienced boatbuilder right now! If that’s you, or you know anyone, please contact Jonathan on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.