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Setting sail on apprenticeships

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Northants-based producer of luxury yachts and motorboats, Fairline, welcomed 15 new apprentices to the company.

The new recruits will be undertaking two or four-year courses in carpentry/joinery or engineering, incorporating general skills and expertise in these areas, as well as more tailored development focusing on boat building. 

To deliver the programme, Fairline is partnering with Tresham College, Corby. The Bedford College Group, of which Tresham College is a part, played a large role in the recruitment and selection process and will be delivering the programme with dedicated assessors. 

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The launch of this new apprenticeship programme marks a key step-change in Fairline’s commitment to nurturing an engaged, passionate team of skilled tradespeople dedicated to building the company’s luxury yachts.

The apprentices include a diverse range of people from various backgrounds. Some have joined the programme straight from education and some have made a career change.

Commenting on the new appointments, Paul Grys, CEO at Fairline, said:

“As a business we are continuously looking to push the boundaries of what is possible when we design and build our yachts.

“Carpentry/joinery and engineering have often been identified as a skills shortage in our workforce, so these trade specific apprenticeships will help plug those gaps and set us up for our future growth. 

“A skilled workforce that is passionate about building high-quality products is essential for bringing our designers’ ideas to life, which is why I’m delighted to welcome the team of apprentices to our business.”   

Harshika Patel, Learning & Development Partner at Fairline, added:

“We have strived to create a programme that delivers the very best education and career development to our apprentices.

“We have Apprentice Masters who will be training the apprentices in a dedicated on-site training facility. This will ensure the experience and development of our apprentices is of the very highest standard, whilst giving them the opportunity to work on hand-built British products that are well-renowned across the world.”

Gina Bubbins, Group Director of Business Development at The Bedford College Group said:

“This is a great opportunity for people, and we are delighted to be supporting Fairline in this exciting project.

“The Bedford College Group is the region’s leading provider of apprentices and work-related training.”

If you’d like to know more about job vacancies at Fairline, you can follow the company on LinkedIn or visit its careers page on

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