A new City and Guilds qualification in 'Marine Engineering and Propulsion Systems' will be available for Level 2 and 3 students from September 2022 onwards, addressing the increasing demand - both locally and nationally - for a skilled workforce within this burgeoning sector.
A 40 feet long ex-Pilot boat - that belonged to former college lecturer Richard Bufton before he sadly passed away - has been bought, with the plan of being restored and used again after a number of years of sitting idle.
This new addition to the fleet will help learners to see how a commercial boat is fitted out and to test and run various equipment in real-life situations, including on-the-water sea trials, complemented by simulated tests, performed in the Hafan workshop.
Marius Jones, Programme Area Manager for Construction and Engineering at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor said: “With growth predicted in the marine sector in the next decade by both the UK and Welsh Governments, it’s important that we reflect this within the courses and experiences we have to offer. Having a new boat as part of our fleet is both a fitting tribute to Richard, and great news for our students."
During the forthcoming academic year, a 'new' college-built RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) will be completed, which will take learners out on the sea to help them gain experience for the 'Powerboat' Level 2 course, which will be offered to them at the end of the year. Students will also be experimenting with the UK's first Torqeedo 12rs electric outboard engine, to see how it performs on a 13-feet Dell Quay Dory.
Marius added: "We are looking forward to all these new and exciting developments at the Marine Engineering department in Pwllheli. It truly is a great time to be thinking of a future in this growing sector, especially here in North West Wales, where we have hundreds of miles of coastline and a thriving marine industry.”
The college still has limited spaces left on its Marine Engineering courses. If you are interested, visit www.gllm.ac.uk/marine