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ABYWA INTENSIFIES TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Friday 23rd March 2012

The Antigua & Barbuda’s Yacht Workers Association (ABYWA) for the 2012/13 season is aggressively executing its training and capacity building exercise for its members, both locally and abroad.

Four professionals are currently in Holland where they have been for the past two months, working on yachts there to build capacity.  The four are expected back in May.
 
They are Vernon Harrigan (vanisher/ professional diver and model boat builder), Stanley Tonge (varnisher/ painter,), Lyndon “Rusty” Pamphile (model boat builder, varnisher), and Elvis Sebastian (varnisher).
 
Meanwhile, another member, Collin Martin (varnisher/painter), was in Thailand for approximately six weeks and returns home today (22 march 2012).
 
President of the ABYWA, Stephen Samuel, said he is excited about the opportunities provided to members of the Association overseas.  “This helps them to develop the right attitude which is an essential prerequisite to meet the extremely high levels of service and standards expected in the yachting industry.”

He said over the years several members have been awarded the benefits of travelling to some of the world’s most luxurious and exotic locations to work on yachts, earning foreign currency. Some of the countries that members have travelled to are France, the United States, England, Denmark and Italy.
Furthermore, Samuel congratulated his members for the professional approach they have adopted within the yachting industry, a trait he said has created numerous possibilities for career advancement.
 
"To this end" Samuel said, "we are continuing to offer advice, training and guidance to aspiring professionals to achieve this standard." 

Samuel said his team at the ABYWA is comprised of experts, some with more than 30 years' experience in the field.

The newly re-elected president expressed that the body is currently seeking additional specialized training courses to boost the long-term commitment of its members.
 
“We will constantly evaluate and monitor each individual and assist them in achieving their next level of qualification in keeping with our renewed commitment to the internationally recognized professional standards”, said Samuel.

Samuel indicated that “training is an important part of the process to obtain a yacht job. Nearly every yacht job position requires some sort of training, and usually that training is a blend of experience-related and boating-specific training.” 


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