Across the 19th and 20th July, 2016, A&P Falmouth hosted 22 year 10 engineering students from Richard Lander School to the dockyard to provide them with an insight into the potential for a range of marine careers available locally and routes to such employment, providing examples of their own experiences within and routes into the industry.
Cornwall Marine Network’s (CMN’s) Marine and Manufacturing Ambassador, David Ferry, provided the students with a tour of the bustling dockyard, introducing them to potential job roles in mechanical and electrical marine engineering, boat building, skippering, ship’s crew, hydrographic surveying and customs amongst others with application to a range of vessels including RFA ship Cardigan Bay; a Royal Navy hydrographic survey ship; Wave Walker, a walking jack-up barge used in the servicing of offshore wind turbines, container ships, super yachts and a cable vessels servicing the offshore oil industry amongst others.
David Ferry is one of a growing number of Marine and Manufacturing Ambassadors who support Cornwall Marine Network to provide real industry-based careers advice to Cornwall Secondary school students aged 14 to 16 years. The project is funded by Plymouth City Deal, through the Marine and Manufacturing Challenge Fund. The aim of the project is to improve careers advice to young people and close the gap between local businesses and schools by ensuring the knowledge and skills acquired by students are those required by businesses. The marine Ambassadors host work experience placements and site visits and attend career- related events, including careers fairs and assemblies. By giving an insight into real careers available locally they are helping inform subject choices and career opportunities.