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Forbes Boat Care Ltd - Best for staff training
Argyll based business awarded British Marine Federation Training and Development Award for 2014 (1st UK)
The news comes the very month that the Boat Babysitter training scheme produces its first graduate, Magnus Firth, who has gained numerous qualifications in the marine industry over the period. It is also the second time Forbes Boat Care has won this type of award, picking up 3rd place in the UK in the BMF's Company Training Awards in 2009.
The course was developed by the boat management business to give employees a well rounded knowledge of the leisure marine industry with a wide range of short courses including GRP repairs, marine diesel engines, RYA day skipper and basic sea survival and training in painting, rigging, general repairs and maintenance. The idea is that as well as being able to perform a wide range of tasks to a high standard, the employee can also quote for and oversee large jobs where numerous contractors are involved from different trades. This is particularly useful for project management and for large scale insurance repairs.
Company director Michael Forbes who collected the award in Liverpool's Merseyside Maritime Museum said of the award, "I am delighted to receive this award in recognition of both the training programme we have in place, and the hard working staff who make the programme possible. We strive to produce employees who can represent the company at the highest level as in this industry the customers have to trust businesses completely."
"we are proud to be members of the British Marine Federation, and have been for many years. Their commitment to their members and to the training and development of people in this sector is a key element in the growth of the marine industry in the UK."