Twenty four enthusiastic Princess Yachts first year apprentices have just completed an action-packed programme of team-bonding and leadership development here at the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre.

Following Covid-secure guidelines the Centre delivered the British Canoeing Paddle Discover course using kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards and bellboats, the apprentices also completed the Royal Life Saving Society UK Water Smart award and land-based navigation training.

The apprentices who are embarking on a four-year training programme delivered in collaboration with South Devon College all thoroughly enjoyed the week and the positive benefits of engaging with the water safely.

Joel Tolley who is training to be a Marine Engineer commented:

“I’m really delighted to have been recruited as a Princess Yachts apprentice during Covid, I’ve also really enjoyed the week at Mount Batten and it’s been great working with the other apprentices and really getting to know them and we are starting to work well as a team”.

Alex King, Centre Director at the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre said:

“It’s been a pleasure to welcome the apprentices to the Centre. We look forward to developing this partnership with Princess Yachts and South Devon College over the months and years ahead to reiterate water safety, skills and team building and also promoting having fun safely here on the water in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City.”

The Centre will welcome a further cohort of apprentice boat builders, composite technicians and administrators throughout October.