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Chris Gates to inspire next generation at British Marine Apprenticeship Graduation 2019

Published on: 05 September 2019

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Former Princess Yachts MD, Chris Gates, will be helping celebrate apprentices in the marine industry at this year’s British Marine Apprenticeship Graduation on Tuesday 17 September 2019 at Southampton International Boat Show, powered by Borrow A Boat.

British Marine has been working with companies to support marine apprentices for over a decade to ensure that the industry, bringing £3.17billion worth of turnover to the UK economy, continues to thrive. The Association’s graduation event is now in its 9th year, rewarding apprentices in roles varying from marine engineers right through to riggers and carpenters; recognising the diversity of accessible skills and careers in the marine industry.

This year, Chris Gates will be sharing his career insights and personal experiences of life from an engineering apprentice to the top boss of a £340m million business, showing first-hand the limitless future opportunities open to apprentices.

He aims to inspire the next generation of the marine workforce by revealing how he started of his career in 1981 learning on day-release and at night-school at what was then the College of Further Education, now named City College Plymouth.

The marine industry has led the way in introducing apprentices into their business. Over many years some of the biggest names in the marine sector have run successful apprenticeship schemes in a bid to develop their future workforce.

Now serving as special advisor to Princess Yachts’ Executive Chairman, Chris Gates, commented: “At Princess Yachts, apprentices form an important part of our workforce and we continue to invest heavily illustrating our commitment to shape the workforce of tomorrow. It is vital we continue to support and develop apprenticeship programmes to help support the future development of the UK marine industry as a whole.”

Lesley Robinson, British Marine CEO, commented: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Chris Gates as a headline speaker at this year’s British Marine Apprenticeship Graduation. He is a fantastic role model for all our apprentices and all future apprentices and shows them the limitless pathways open to them and how with a bit of hard work you can achieve anything.

“The success and commitment that the marine sector has to apprenticeships, with real long-term gains, is simply outstanding. The Apprenticeship Graduation event is an important way of both recognising and showing our appreciation to the students and companies investing in the future of the industry.”