Boat Builder Invests In New Talent

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Jamie Paul - one of Goodchild Marine’s newest recruits. Image: Goodchild Marine

Posted February 13, 2020

A forward-thinking boat builder is training and supporting 10 new young trainees in line, with Look Beyond, this year’s theme for the UK’s National Apprenticeship Week.

Goodchild Marine’s trainees, all 25 and under, are receiving training, sponsorship and support in skills such as electrics, lamination, carpentry, engineering and boat building. Some are specialising in specific fields, while others will take up the opportunity to develop expertise in more than one skill.

Steve Pierce, general manager at Goodchild Marine, said investment in training was part of the company’s succession plan. “We are really impressed with our new raft of employees. They all bring something different to the table and display the talent we need to keep our business running way into the future."

Jamie Paul, 20, has swapped his career in retail to train as a laminator. His workmanship has been included on the UK’s first hybrid ORC pilot boat - Leader, for the Port of London Authority, as well as the Port of Lowestoft’s new pilot boat Kingfisher.

He said: “My future ambition with Goodchild Marine is to become a supervisor. Lots of people start here as trainees and work their way up; few people leave because it is such a great place to work. I never find myself not wanting to come to work, even with the 6am starts.”

Other trainees include Simon Cross, 25, the company’s new design engineer and Aaron Hudson, 19, who is training as an electrician.

Goodchild Marine will be exhibiting at Seawork 2020 on stand PB49/ VB27.

By Rebecca Jeffrey