British Marine Federation Training Awards

Celebrating individual and business success, the British Marine Federation Training Awards took place on March 26 at the BMF's Conference and Annual General Meeting in Duxford.

The annual awards aim to spread best practice amongst marine businesses to aid business development and enable more individuals to benefit from training and progress their careers.

The awards recognise both marine businesses and individuals that demonstrate outstanding business and personal success through investment in training over the past year.

Winners in the three categories received a trophy and £500. They were:

Trainee Apprentice of the Year Award: Scott Couch of Princess Yachts International, based in Plymouth.

Scott commenced his carpentry and boat building apprenticeship with Princess Yachts in 2005 and was the first of his group to complete his training. He has achieved recognition within the company for his carpentry skills and his apprenticeship log book which, according to the judges, serves as a model for others to follow.

Company Training and Development Award: Berthon Boat Company, based in Lymington.

The company trains apprentices in all aspects of marine engineering, ensuring that appropriate marine skills are maintained and developed for the future. Half of their current workforce has completed an apprenticeship and the company has strong links with local schools and colleges. Recently, Berthon led an employers application for Government funding of apprentices to encourage other firms to participate in apprenticeship schemes.

Company Training Award: Bisham Abbey Sailing and Navigation School, based in Bisham near Marlow for its continuous commitment to the training of its staff

The award recognises the company's achievements through training courses to ensure its employees are fully up to date with the latest developments in the boating industry.

Speaking after Scott Couch's win in the Trainee Apprentice of the Year category, Diane Ekland of Princess Yachts said:

"We are really proud of Scott's achievements to date, and he really did deserve to win the BMF Trainee of the year 2009 award. He has been a dedicated apprentice completing his training in record time. Scott has great practical skills and his NVQ portfolio will be used as an example to others, he has great ability and attitude."

Keith Longman, Yard Manager at Berthon Boat Company Ltd added:

"I was delighted to accept the 2009 BMF Large Company Learning and Development Award on behalf of Berthon. The Directors’ commitment in terms of time and resources for training apprentices ensures that we maintain and enhance our skills base for the future needs of the company. Proactively engaging with local schools and colleges, including through inviting them to come and visit us, is changing attitudes and creating excitement about the Marine Industry and what it has to offer."

Roy May who received the Company Training award on behalf of the Bisham Abbey Sailing and Navigation School said:

"As a training based company, training is naturally very important to us. We have introduced this company policy to our internal staff and it has resulted in an improved quality and effectiveness for our clients."

Sarah Dhanda, Director of Business Development at the BMF said:

"On behalf of the British Marine Federation I would like to congratulate all the winners and runners up of the Awards. Their outstanding commitment to training is an asset to the employers, trainees and the marine sector as a whole."

A full list of winners and runners up appears below:

Trainee / Apprentice of the Year:

Winner: Scott Couch of Princess Yachts (Plymouth)
Second: Adam Mcdade of Cooney Marine (Northamptonshire)
Third: Lewis Benjamin Pye of Windboats Marine Ltd (Wroxham, Norwich)

Company Training and Development Award:

Winner: Berthon Boat Company Ltd (Lymington, Hampshire)
Second: Princess Yachts Ltd (Plymouth)
Third: (Gosport, Hampshire)

Company Training Award:

Winner: Bisham Abbey Sailing and Navigation School (nr Marlow, Buckinghamshire)
Second: Nestaway Boats (Frogmore, Devon)
Third: Forbes Boat Care (Barcaldine, Scotland)

Date Added - 08-Apr-2009

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