Shipwrights’ Lectures announced for 2015

Shipwrights’ Lectures announced for 2015

Wednesday 28 October | 14:30 | Turner Sims, University of Southampton

Dr Gerrard Hughes presenting at the Shipwrights’ Annual Apprentice Lectures – image by Matthew Thowney.

The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights has announced its 2015 lectures will take place on Wednesday 28 October at Turner Sims, University of Southampton – highlighting the vast spectrum of opportunities for young people within the marine sector.

Now in its fifth year, the annual lectures invite industry leaders from the leisure marine sector to inform and inspire young apprentices, shipwrights and graduates about the career paths available in the UK’s dynamic marine industry. The lectures provide an insight of the UK’s £3 billion superyacht, yacht and boat design, and building industry, for young people engaged in these sectors.

Last year’s event was attended by over 200 apprentices, shipwrights and students, together with their employers, lecturers and guests. Following the event, Mike Carr, Joint Managing Director of Pendennis Shipyard commented, “The Annual Shipwrights Lectures are a hugely inspirational opportunity for our young apprentices to take time out of their work to hear about other aspects of the industry and to meet other young apprentices. The organisers should be congratulated on the excellent choice of speakers at this year’s event, and the welcoming and informal atmosphere with which the lectures are run. Our apprentices really look forward to this event each year and treat it as an inspirational and informative part of their learning process.”

Commenting on the lectures, Corey Nesbitt, a second year carpentry apprentice from Princess Yachts in Plymouth, noted, “It is really useful to hear about other aspects of the boatbuilding sector which I don’t normally get involved with, and to hear other apprentices speak about their experiences and subsequent career paths. We learnt much more than we anticipated from the lectures and we are now much more aware of the important part we play in the overall industry.”

The Shipwrights’ Lectures were first held in 2011 and today attract apprentices from highly successful companies in the marine industry located from Falmouth to the Mersey. The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights’ Annual Lectures are free for apprentices, young shipwrights and graduates. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

The details of this year’s speakers will be announced in early summer this year. For more information and to register attendance, please visit: