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Paragon Skills are now delivering the latest boatbuilding Apprenticeship training to east coast marine businesses at the Pioneer Trust in Essex.

We are hosting our first free 'Marine Surgery' at the Pioneer Sailing Trust, Harkers Yard, Brightlingsea, Colchester, CO7 0AR on the 28th June between 10 am to 4 pm to provide an opportunity for local marine employers and employees to come along and find out how they can benefit from this new training opportunity on the east coast. 

We deliver this training at our boatbuilding/marine and automotive technical centre in Fareham, Hampshire and also over recent months as a new opportunity to east coast marine companies at the training centre at the Pioneer Sailing Trust, Brightlingsea, Colchester. The training is available in block release form. 

Paragon Skills are the first and currently only training provider in England to have received DCS (Direct Claims Status) approval working alongside City & Guilds to deliver the boatbuilding foundation qualification programme. This progresses the learner to move on to the new level 3 boatbuilding Apprenticeship standard. Our first cohort of learners have just completed their level 2 programme to a high standard and are now ready to move on to the next level.

We are offering marine businesses the opportunity to learn about how the new Apprenticeships are delivered, what the training entails and how businesses can benefit from available Government co-funding opportunities for training. We'll have guest speakers from British Marine and the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights also joining us for the day. 

In addition, employers can get an overview of the training facilities and learn about the future developments at the Pioneer Trust for the british marine Industry in the east.

Overview of the day (all timings approximate):

10 - 11 am: Welcome from Paragon Skills
11 - 12 midday: Presentation from the Pioneer Sailing Trust
12 - 1pm: Lunch
1 - 2 pm: Presentation from the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights
2 - 3 pm: Presentation from British Marine
3 - 4 pm: A Q & A with Paragon Skills on Apprenticeships and training


We offer the latest Apprenticeship standards in Boatbuilding and Marine engineering which have been developed by trailblazer groups of employers, for employers. 

These standards are aimed to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviour of the Apprentices to work in the marine industry either in boatbuilding or marine engineering roles. Find out more about our Boatbuilding and Marine Engineering Apprenticeships.

Additional enrichment programme for Apprentices 

In addition to the standard Apprenticeship programme content, we've offered additional activities and training to our current cohort on a programme which we call 'Enrichment'. This activity included the RYA introduction to sailing, RYA first aid course, powerboating level 1, stand up paddle boarding, industry approved machine training and a lifting and slinging course. 

Contact us via email for more information or to book your place at the Marine Surgery: enquiries@pgon.co.uk or call 0800 783 2545.

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