Two Sunseeker apprentices have achieved recognition at the annual Queen’s Silver Medal competition, facilitated by the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights in the UK.

Marine electrical engineer Louis Castle, now working as a test and commissioning engineer, has won the Queen’s Silver Medal. Jacob Clark, a marine mechanical engineer now working as a warranty field service engineer, won the runner-up prize.

With strong competition from across the UK boat and ship building apprentice community, Castle and Clark were selected as part of a group of 18 to attend an arduous assessment and personal development week at Kielder Water, Northumberland.

Following the week’s assessment, both were then drawn in the final shortlist, six of which were all interviewed at Ironmongers Hall, London, by a panel of senior shipwrights from across the UK ship and boat building sector.

The Queen’s Silver Medal competition was established in 1944 and has been administered by the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights since 1978. The Patron of the Shipwrights continues to be Her Majesty the Queen, with the Permanent Master HRH The Prince of Wales.

Sunseeker currently supports over 116 apprentices through its programme and recruits up to 40 new apprentices each year.