U.K.-based Williams Performance Tenders will offer local students in Oxfordshire the chance to take part in its training initiative.
Now in its fourth year, the course offers young people a chance to gain practical experience in the marine industry and have the opportunity to become an apprentice with the brand.
Ten young people from schools in Oxfordshire have been selected to attend the five-week Powerboat Workshop course. The sessions, which kick off on Saturday, are designed to give young people the chance to learn lifelong skills that can be used in future employment and to teach them more about the sector where Williams Jet Tenders is recognized as a global leader.
The sessions will culminate in a race day at Williams’ test lake on May 21.
Last year 10 young people raced model speedboats of their own designs on the water and were given the opportunity to go for a spin as a passenger in one of Williams’ jet tenders.
The endeavor was started by brothers Mathew and John Hornsby, founders of Williams Jet Tenders, and is run in partnership with the Employment Action Group.
“I was so impressed with last year’s event and what the young people had achieved,” John Howell said in a statement. Howell attended last year’s event. “This really is a fantastic initiative that Mathew and John have set up that is really giving young people a great chance of a career, as well as investing in the future of the industry. I am looking forward to seeing what the students achieve this year and to another thrilling end-of-course race.”
As in previous years, one of the participants from the course will also be given the opportunity to start work as an apprentice at Williams. Two young apprentices are already employed at the factory.
“It’s always been important to John and I that we help to nurture and invest in the boat builders, designers and engineers of our future,” sales director Matthew Hornsby said. “We have been so impressed with the caliber of the students, as well as their dedication and hard work over the past three years, and we have high hopes for the young people taking part this year.”
“The apprentices that we’ve hired over the past few years are working out really well, and it’s fantastic to see them grow in their role here at Williams,” he said. “Our past students have all really enjoyed the course, particularly the race day at the end, as it gives them a chance to see everything we’ve taught them about designing and building boats in action.”