Sponsored apprentice Ashlee Barrell Wins Prestigious Young Persons’ Development Award for 2022

Ashlee Barrell, one of our sponsored apprentices for 2021-22 at Cox’s Boatyard, Norfolk, recently won the coveted European Commercial Marine Young Persons Development Award for 2022. Ashlee has made terrific progress during his first year and submitted two excellent progress reports to us and is a worthy winner.

Cox’s is an established boatyard and marina at Barton Turf, Norfolk that specialises in repair and restoration of both wooden and GRP boats. Along with this, Cox’s has an engineering department, covering a range of work from regular servicing of both inboard and outboard engines to fault finding on engines and electric system on all boats. Cox’s also undertakes more complex projects such as fitting new engines, conversion from diesel to electric motors, fitting bow thrusters and solar panels to charge electric systems on the boats.

As a Marine engineering apprentice at Cox’s, Ashlee has learnt many skills including electrical work, both inboard and outboard engine maintenance, fault finding and installation of diesel and electrical engines. Having just completed his first year of a four-year Marine engineering apprenticeship, Ashlee was eligible to enter for the Development award, which was open to all young people, across Europe, at the beginning of their profession in the boat industry.

The award was presented to Ashlee by the Chairman of the Cox’s Boatyard Board, David Adler, at the company’s AGM. David said he was immensely proud of Ashlee and the amount of knowledge and practical skills that he has gained over the past year and is looking forward to seeing Ashlee progress over the next few years as he completes his apprenticeship. The award was sponsored by Mercator Media Ltd.

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