The marine technicians of the future

The success of six marine technicians of the future will be recognised in a special graduation ceremony at the London Boat Show.

The latest graduates from Honda’s Marine Apprenticeship Programme will be presented their certificates on Friday 9 January by Geoff Matthews, General Manager of Honda (UK) Power Equipment, and Neil Fletcher, Head of the Honda Institute.

The ceremony takes place at 12.30pm on the Honda stand (7A).

This year’s apprentice graduates are Joseph Henthorn, Christopher Plant, Duncan Thomson, Scott Kellaway, Timothy Maslen and Kerry Cox.

Kerry will also pick up the special award of ‘Marine Apprentice of the Year’ – an accolade whereby dealers and trainers nominate an individual that has gone the extra mile.

Kerry’s trainer commented: “Kerry is always helpful, keen to learn, attentive, performs well in all tasks and end of module exams. He has a great attitude and is a pleasure to teach.”

The Honda Marine Apprenticeship Programme takes place over two years, during which time trainees are employed by their local Honda Marine dealership and attend block training at the Honda Institute, working on a range of specialist marine products including the class-leading 225hp V6 fuel-injected marine engine, RIBs and larger leisure yachts.

Qualified apprentices will have achieved Honda Maintenance Technician Award, Apprenticeship Framework, Key Skills Qualifications, a City & Guilds technical qualification, NVQ Level 2 qualification in Marine Engineering and The Honda Challenge.

Neil Fletcher, Head of the Honda Institute comments: “The Honda Institute is proud to support the development of individual skills in the British Marine industry, as they are essential to deliver the excellence that our customers expect.

“The apprentices graduating at LIBS have given themselves every chance to succeed and can be confident that their skills will be valued as they pursue their careers.”

The Honda Institute was opened in 2001.

The six graduates work for the following dealers:

Joseph Henthorn and Kerry Cox – L.H. Morgan & Sons Ltd
Christopher Plant – S.M.S (Salcombe) Ltd
Duncan Thomson – Mullacott Caravan & Marine
Scott Kellaway – Solent Honda Marine
Timothy Maslen – Marine Performance

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