Gosport marine centre launched

CHEERS MP Caroline Dinenage at launch of Gosport Marine Skills Centre with student Steven Agar and St Vincent's Colin Farmery.     Picture: Steve Reid (112356-942)
CHEERS MP Caroline Dinenage at launch of Gosport Marine Skills Centre with student Steven Agar and St Vincent's Colin Farmery. Picture: Steve Reid (112356-942)
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A NEW centre in Gosport to train youngsters to work in the marine industry has been launched.

The Gosport Marine Skills Centre – a joint venture between St Vincent College and training centre Mabway Academy – is recruiting students to start in September.

It is offering a marine engineering course that will give school leavers the chance to learn the skills to develop a career in the marine industry.

The centre was officially launched at Gosport Marina by town MP Caroline Dinenage.

Colin Farmery, assistant principal at St Vincent, said: ‘The town has a thriving marine industry and is virtually surrounded by water, so this initiative is long overdue.’

An open afternoon will take place at St Vincent’s engineering facility on Wednesday from 2pm until 4pm.

The centre is being supported by local businesses.

General manager of the Gosport Ferry, Keith Edwards, said: ‘We are fully behind the launch of the centre and look forward to meeting some of the young graduates with the skills needed to work in our industry.’

Renowned sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, also chairman of Clipper Ventures, a Gosport-based international marine events company, added: ‘I am particularly interested in what the centre is doing because I know, from experience, that good, well-trained boat builders and electricians are hard to find in the marine industry.’