Yesterday the Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, Mr. Richard Close-Smith, headed a Company visit to The Queen’s Silver Medal Competition on Kielder Water where he met the 18 selected apprentices on the 2020 course. The apprentices were quite clearly working hard but were enjoying the challenges and were a most impressive group who were a credit to themselves and to their employers. Well done all of you and thank you Infinite Perspectives, the course provider.
Background. In 1944 His Majesty King George VI, Permanent Master of the Shipwrights’ Company, instituted a Silver Medal to be awarded to the Shipyard Apprentice of the Year. The King charged the Shipwrights’ Company with running the competition and it has been doing so ever since. Now called The Queen’s Silver Medal Competition, the course is a demanding, interesting and very rewarding programme for final year apprentices from the maritime sector, the primary focus of which is personal development. The competition takes individuals out of their comfort zone and challenges them, but is specifically designed to ensure that every participant benefits from each stage of the process and develops as a result.
See our Twitter page for photos and videos of the fabulous apprentices launching and landing their crafts and making their project presentations: https:https://twitter.com/ShipApprentices