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March 2023: Superyacht UK Association on current skills and recruitment challenges

Welcome to our first thought leadership discussion with Superyacht UK Association Chairman, Stephen Hills of Pendennis Shipyard and James Ward of Marine Resources talking to Brian Clark on how the industry has adapted since Brexit and reflecting on what is now required to address today’s skills shortages.

It includes their thoughts on what training is most needed, what steps should be taken by central government, and some new initiatives they would British Marine lead on.    

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this discussion, do you agree with what Stephen and James say or have other thoughts on these issues? Please let us know by emailing 

The interview covered the following questions:

Click on the links above to hear Stephen and James’ thoughts on the questions or watch the full interview here:

Current activities to help address workforce challenges 

British Marine carries out a range of activities to help address both current and anticipated workforce challenges. As well as our short course offerings, we do all we can to respond to the needs of our members and develop courses that better enable them to meet their skills shortages and manage recruitment and other workforce challenges.

Recently, British Marine was re-registered for the delivery of End Point Assessments (EPAO) – a service currently offered across three marine-related apprenticeship standards. We are committed to continuing to expand our portfolio of apprenticeship standards within the leisure marine industry.

In addition, we are actively involved in the development and the review of marine related apprenticeships. We view this as essential work as it helps to ensure that marine apprenticeships remain fit-for purpose for the UK leisure marine industry.


  • For further information about British Marine’s HR Toolkit and the HR webinars we provide please click here
  • To view all available apprenticeship standards as published by the Institute for Apprenticeships please click here
  • For government advice to employers on sponsoring skilled workers from overseas click here
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