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Oyster Expands its Workforce

With a full order book, the U.K. builder is on a recruiting drive for both experienced craftsmen and apprentices.
Oyster Yachts’ Southampton yard. 

Oyster Yachts’ Southampton yard. 

Sailboat manufacturer Oyster Yachts says a full order book for its vessels from 56 to 120 feet — plus a sub-50-foot model that’s slated to be announced later in the year — has created the need to recruit over 100 people to join the team.

This will be the company’s second recruitment drive in less than a year. The builder reported that back in November they hired 64 people, with the bulk of the new employees assigned to the company’s composite technology center at Ashmanhaugh.

Oyster has U.K. facilities in Southampton and Wroxham as well, with regional offices in Palma and a stateside brokerage in Newport, R.I.; the additional 100 workers who are being recruited would put the total head count to over 400, the builder reported.

The Oyster 745. 

The Oyster 745. 

In addition to experienced boatbuilders, electricians and other skilled labor, Oyster says they’ll also be looking to hire apprentice-level workers interested in learning from the company’s veteran staff of master craftspeople.

“Our growth strategy is firmly on track, driving demand for additional expert craftspeople across our shipyards. We are realizing our vision to create jobs for skilled craftsmen and women in the UK marine industry. It’s a proud moment as we start the next phase of our journey,” said deputy CEO Becky Bridgen in a statement.

The builder is looking for both experienced craftsmen and apprentices. 

The builder is looking for both experienced craftsmen and apprentices. 

The 100 hires would be split at two facilities that were not the beneficiaries of the last hiring spree: an estimated 40 in Southampton and the remaining 60 at Wroxham. The builder estimates hiring will be staggered through early next year.

Oyster CEO and owner Richard Hadida is thrilled with the direction of the 47-year old brand: “After two years at the helm this is a hugely exciting time for Oyster. I’m passionate about Oyster and the skills required to build our beautiful yachts. I will be delighted to welcome more of the very best master craftspeople to the team. In addition, we are continuing to invest in Oyster apprenticeships to grow and safeguard great British boatbuilding skills for the future.”

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