Portland's Jake sets sail for new career

MANOR MARINE: Apprentice Jake Ryan at boot camp

MANOR MARINE: Apprentice Jake Ryan at boot camp

First published in Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Features & entertainments writer

A Portland apprentice is among a new generation of marine engineers and boat builders.

Jake Ryan, 16, is one of an elite group to join a new marine technology centre backed by Sunseeker International and created this year at Bournemouth and Poole College.

Jake is currently going through a rigorous ‘bootcamp’ process, learning the basic safety skills and workshop etiquette for a four year marine engineering apprenticeship with Manor Marine in Portland.

Jake said: “It is really exciting to be part of the first group to join the new centre. I will be learning from some of the best teachers.”

Once through his induction he will be learning a wide range of engineering skills needed to build a successful career in the marine sector.

The college has invested £250,000 in the new Marine Technology Centre, which opened in September. There are 70 places for Sunseeker learners and spaces for a total of 250 students.

Sunseeker training manager Alex Bowman said: “If we are to continue to compete in a global market, our workforce needs to be higher skilled than our competitors – it’s as simple as that.”

College principal Lawrence Vincent said: “Moving into marine engineering is a natural extension of the college’s core areas of expertise.”

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree