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Why Half Pint is such a good advert for the Norfolk Broads Forum:

http://wherrymansweb.blogspot.com/

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Half Pint is also a great advert for himself! All credit to the young man, brilliant.

Jenny Morgan,
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The Broads is NOT a National Park.

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- ditto -
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Lovely story WMW, hope it helps Callum get an apprenticeship.

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In my view, Callum is a great example to all young-uns that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and don't mind getting your hands dirty. Good luck to him with his project and for his future

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Callum, NBF'S adopted son.

Well done mate.

Malcolm

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Unfortunately, the boat building industry is not that good for
youngsters like  Callum.....which is a great shame as I would have loved
to take him on as a apprentice. Firstly, he is a polite, respectful &
honest lad. Secondly, he is very interested in his hobby of boating and
just wants to learn everything possible about building & repairing
boats. He also loves the broads.

But as I believed I have mentioned before on here, 'proper' boat
building in Norfolk seems to have finished, especially wooden boats.
We still have one or two large companies who build GRP boats, but its
still all very fragile.

I would personally recommend him to get to college & university, study
for a '2nd' career etc. Work weekends & holidays at different
boatbuilders & boatyards. Do some business studies and then look to
start his own business. Plus look into the composite materials, &
different power, drive systems and hull designs.
This will all do him good in the future......

Also go and speak to some of the 'old school' boat builders i.e. 65yrs +
They will all help him with information & knowledge.


Just be a 'information sponge' Callum!!

Well done.

      



        



          

They say that 'Hard work never killed anyone' however, sleepless nights, stress, not taking breaks & not eating correctly may just get you there early!!

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Jason, I suspect that there are one or two yards who might disagree with you on that one! Swallowtail, Martham, South Rivers just to mention three. Indeed one of those is two boat-builders short at the moment.

Might be worth Callum having a word with Steve at South Rivers, St Olaves is not a million miles from Rockland.

Jenny Morgan,
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I know these boat builders very well.

And yes, we are all generally busy building boats & repairing etc but
you only have to look at the general condition of some of the boatyards
to see that spare money/investment is not generally available!

Small & niche markets are always in any industry.

However, where are all the NEW companies?  As far as I can see
boatyards  & hire fleets are constantly closing. …..
Are the existing businesses being supported?  
Where are all the new boat designers & designs?
Where is the ‘self financed’ development happening?  
Where is the investment regards to electrical powered boats &
alternative power options?
Do all the yards meet the MINIMUM health & safety standards? Can they
afford to?
What are the wages like compared to other industries?
What is the industry doing to attract new people?

‘Lifestyle’ businesses always exist, & will generally survive recessions
because of how they are structured, plus you will always have a few
large companies who have strong assets to use during a recession, but
it’s the small to medium businesses the industry needs.

Unfortunately,  as far as I can see the industry is still having a very
tough time and I do know that several companies are hoping to gain
orders at the London Boat show, if not they will seriously be thinking
about reducing staff levels (again!)

We have 'employed' TWO extra staff since last year, plus in addition to
our normal employed boatbuilders we have had TWO full time
contractors for the last 12 months and we have work for everyone up
until July 2011. We are also now booking in winter work next year.
So please don't get me wrong, I'm very positive but I also know the
industry well 'behind the scenes'.

Regards





    


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There are two articles in the current Anglia Afloat which relate to apprenticeship schemes, I wonder if there's any financial support in that?  My copy is elsewhere (ok, at home, I shouldn't be doing this now!).

Lis

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