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Port Operative apprentice on board at Shepards Wharf

Cowes Harbour Commission’s first Port Operative Apprenticeship attracted a considerable amount of interest and following a rigorous interview process, the successful applicant, 21-year-old Sam Saunders, has recently been selected for the new position. 

Sam will be based at Shepards Wharf Marina, where he will learn a range of skills relating to moving and storing boats, marina maintenance, environmental good practice, security, health and safety, customer service, mooring and berthing boats. He will be working towards the SQA Diploma in Maritime Studies: Marinas and Boatyards, a level 2 qualification that is suitable for candidates who wish to enhance their career prospects, particularly those working as marina or boatyard operatives.

Jock Rafferty Manager at Shepards Wharf Marina, said: ”I’m really glad that Sam has joined our team, and it’s great to be offering this opportunity to a promising young person starting out in the marine sector. We look forward to working with Brockenhurst College to equip Sam with the skills he needs to be a safe and proficient Port Operative.”

Sam added: “This marine apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity and an exciting new challenge for me.”

Jeremy Seeber, Lead Verifier: Marine, at Brockenhurst College, said: “There are already apprenticeships for those who want to get into boat building or marine engineering, but successful completion of this apprenticeship will provide the knowledge and competency to carry out all the vital day-to-day jobs in running a marina or boatyard. It’s a privilege to be able to deliver this apprenticeship with Cowes Harbour and encourage more young people to earn while they learn in the Island’s maritime sector.”

Top photo, L-R: Apprentice Sam Saunders and Shepards Wharf Marina Manager Jock Rafferty.

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