Please select your home edition
Edition
Craftinsure 2021 - LEADERBOARD

Oyster Yachts to hire 100 new craftspeople

by Oyster Yachts 24 Jul 2020 09:08 BST
Oyster Yachts is expanding their Southampton workforce with 100 new staff. © Oyster Yachts

Leading luxury sailing yacht builder, Oyster Yachts, has announced it is recruiting over 100 people to join its workforce. With shipyards in Southampton, Wroxham and Ashmanhaugh, as well as offices in Palma and the US, this will expand the UK based company’s headcount to over 400 people internationally.

The skills required are predominately within production, with the company looking for experienced laminators, joiners, finishers, electricians and engineers. There will also be opportunities for a number of apprentices to join the company and benefit from time honoured experienced craftspeople within the business.

Oyster Yachts has a full order book for its hand-crafted bluewater sailboats which currently range from 56 to 120 feet and the company is announcing a new sub-50-foot model later this year.

Deputy CEO Becky Bridgen has reported that despite the global Covid-19 pandemic, Oyster Yachts has a full order book with positive international interest for its bespoke sailing yachts. She comments, “Our growth strategy is firmly on track, driving demand for additional expert craftspeople across our shipyards. We are realising our vision to create jobs for skilled craftsmen and women in the UK marine industry. It’s a proud moment as we start the next phase of our journey.”

The company started a recruitment drive in November 2019, at that time advertising for 150 new staff. Mujgan Trowbridge, Head of Group HR for Oyster Yachts said, “Despite Covid-19, we managed to hire 64 people, most of whom were required at our composite technology centre at Ashmanhaugh. We are now actively seeking a further 100 staff, 60 to join our Wroxham facility before Christmas 2020 and 40 in Southampton by March 2021.”

Speaking about the expanding workforce, Oyster CEO and owner Richard Hadida commented: “After two years at the helm this is a hugely exciting time for Oyster. I’m passionate about Oyster and the skills required to build our beautiful yachts. I will be delighted to welcome more of the very best master craftspeople to the team. In addition, we are continuing to invest in Oyster apprenticeships to grow and safeguard great British boatbuilding skills for the future.”

Related Articles

Oyster Yachts: Building a new workforce
Partnering with Southampton City College and Norwich City College To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, Oyster Yachts is formally launching its Oyster Apprenticeship Academy, building on the company's existing long-established Apprenticeship schemes. Posted on 9 Feb
Oyster Yachts announces Chief Operations Officer
Peter Hamlyn brings over 30 years of invaluable experience Oyster Yachts has appointed Peter Hamlyn as Chief Operations Officer. Peter brings over 30 years of invaluable experience and highly relevant manufacturing and management expertise to the luxury blue water yacht company. Posted on 8 Feb
Oyster Yachts launches Oyster 495
The 495 is a collaboration between Humphreys Yacht Design and Oyster's own in-house design studio Hand-built with Oyster's thoroughbred blue-water DNA running through her from stem to stern, the 495 offers many of the exceptional features found on the luxury boat builder's larger yachts, making her unique amongst her peers. Posted on 5 Feb
Oyster Yachts World Rally webinar:French Polynesia
Bring alive the dream of a world circumnavigation The stunning islands of French Polynesia will be the location for Oyster Yachts next World Rally webinar available online on Thursday 25 February at 19.00 UTC/GMT. Posted on 8 Jan
Oyster 495 setting standard in bluewater cruisers
Much anticipated 50-foot yacht offers many of the exceptional features Oyster Yachts has announced the Oyster 495, the company's much anticipated 50-foot yacht, which promises to set the standard in her class. Posted on 4 Dec 2020
Oyster Yachts continues its Recruitment Drive
At Southampton headquarters and Norfolk manufacturing centre in Wroxham Oyster Yachts is continuing to seek additional workforce at its Southampton headquarters and its Norfolk manufacturing centre in Wroxham. Posted on 4 Dec 2020
Oyster's first 885GT blue water Grand Tourer
Inspired and inspiring The first new model of the Oyster 885 GT is currently in production. The inspiration for this performance-orientated yacht came from a long-time Oyster owner who was keen to combine true luxury with exceptional performance capability. Posted on 8 Nov 2020
Oyster 565 4AKOYA launch
Hugh Mullens takes ownership at handover ceremony in Ipswich You can't hold back an Oyster. Even with much of the world on pause, nothing could delay the launch of Oyster Yacht's latest build - Oyster 565 AKOYA. Posted on 18 Oct 2020
New Head of Group Events at Oyster Yachts
Allie Smith has been appointed to the role Allie Smith has been appointed as Head of Group Events at Oyster Yachts. Her role will include developing and managing Oyster Yachts' world-renowned international rallies and events. Posted on 7 Oct 2020
Oyster Yachts recruiting over 100 people
To meet demand for hand-crafted British yachts With shipyards in Southampton, Wroxham and Ashmanhaugh, as well as offices in Palma and the US, this will expand the UK based company's headcount to over 400 people internationally. Posted on 21 Jul 2020