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Emily Stokes took the course from May 2021 to March 2022. Emily explained: “I wanted to change careers from working as a

Emily Stokes took the course from May 2021 to March 2022.

Emily explained: “I wanted to change careers from working as a fundraiser in the environmental sector, to something more creative and hands-on. I have always loved the idea of working with wood and boat building and connected this to my passion for the sea. In 2016 I took a one-week short course to see if I felt like it was something I could do.

“Once at the BBA I felt fully engaged and ‘on purpose’ for the first time in a long time.

“It wasn’t easy – especially getting my head around lofting and trying to imagine 3D objects fitting together in space every time I tackled a new task. It was also very strenuous. But it helped me build physical and mental skills like resilience, stamina and determination which are needed in this work, and it was a gateway to my job with Spirit Yachts. I’ve never looked back.”

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