How we train and develop the next generation of boatbuilders is key to the global wellbeing of the recreational marine business. Has your company, or one that you know, invested in the future of our industry by taking on new apprentices or introducing a new training scheme in 2015/16? If so, it could be a contender for the IBI-METSTRADE Best Apprenticeship and Training Scheme Award.

Sponsored by Marine Resources, the Best Apprenticeship and Training Scheme Award is one of two new award categories at the 2016 Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, held in association with Raymarine and organised jointly by IBI and METSTRADE. It is designed to recognise companies that have demonstrated a real commitment to training the next generation of boatbuilders.

To enter or nominate for this category award, please submit apprenticeship or training schemes implemented in 2015/16 via the awards’ website, It is free to enter and to nominate for any of the eight award categories.

The final deadline for nominations is Wednesday, September 28. Judging, by an international panel of industry experts, will take place in October and the winners will be announced at a spectacular gala dinner to be held at the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam on November 16th.

For more information about any of the award categories, how to submit entries and nominations, or to apply for tickets to the gala dinner, visit

To view a short video of last year’s awards, go to