SECOND-year apprentice boat builder at Black Watch boatshed, Becky Payne.
SECOND-year apprentice boat builder at Black Watch boatshed, Becky Payne.

Black Watch is getting bigger

By LEONIE BRANN

BLACK Watch Boats Australia is making waves in its industry, so much so that the Stotts Creek-based company needs to take on some new staff.

The vacancies for future apprentices will be on top of the four extra tradesman that have been employed by the company in the last week.

"We are wanting to expand, so we need the extra staff," general manager of the facility on the Tweed River, Andrew Johnson said.

"We'll need to put on about another four apprentices in the next few months to help us be able to meet our orders.

"We should be looking to take these apprentices on sometime around June."

People with interest in metalworking, boat building and fibreglass fabrication will be just some of the prospective staff that Mr Johnson said Black Watch may need.

He said the selected staff would begin their careers in the burgeoning industry as trades assistant, and if they prove their mettle they may be offered apprenticeships.

Becky Payne is their only female apprentice, proving that boat making and its many skills are not just for the boys, and having started her apprenticeship after school she shows age is no barrier to beginning training.

For information call Bent- ley O'Connor, (02) 6676 6512.



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