The Boleh Trust is committed to working with young people, by providing opportunities to invest in them both now, and in the future.

The Boleh Project had the fantastic opportunity to work in partnership with Charter Academy, Highbury College and the University of Southampton during Boleh’s restoration.

Our Apprentices

During our project we were able to offer four apprenticeship opportunities to local young people. We saw the wonderful development of Sam, Henry, Reuben and Will throughout their 2 years with us and were delighted when all four apprentices completed and passed their Level 2 Apprenticeship with Highbury college. You can read all about their progress with us in the pages below.

Sam’s Blog

My name is Samantha Perks and the reason I am at Boleh Project is because I have grown up around boats and have always been interested in how they are built so this gives me that opportunity. Also I enjoy working with my hands so this job is perfect for me.

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Henry’s Blog

My name is Henry Durman and I am on my first year of my apprenticeship here at Boleh.
I wanted to join this apprenticeship and get into this industry because I have been brought up around boats and that is where my interests lie.

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Reuben’s blog

Hi my name is Reuben, I’ve been here at Boleh since November 2012 and am really enjoying it. The reason I wanted to join Boleh is because my whole life I have been around sailing, and also always had a natural ability for hands on work. My interests are sports and cars; which I have a passion for.

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Will’s blog

My name is Will and I started at Boleh in November 2012, I applied for the apprenticeship because I wanted a career not just a job; I wanted a job that not just anyone can walk into. I enjoy all aspects of woodworking, including making furniture out of wood.

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Highbury College

Highbury College provided our 4 apprentices who were with us from November 2012 until June 2014. All 4 apprentices were studying for their level 2 City & Guilds at Highbury College one day a week and carrying out their practical skills on Boleh for the remaining 4 days. We are delighted that they all left the Boleh project as qualified level 2 Boat Builders.

Charter Academy

The Boleh team were delighted to work with students from Charter Academy on a digital learning experience. This rolling 10 week learning experience saw ten students learn about Boleh, her history and her restoration through the use of media technology. The students wrote, undertook interviews, filmed and edited material to enable them to create a short movie on their interpretation of the project.

Dame Sharon Hollows, Principal of the Charter Academy, said, “I’m delighted that Heritage Lottery Funding has been awarded to the Boleh Trust. The Trust, with its emphasis on helping young people through skills training and in offering sailing opportunities, together with its inspirational “Can Do” – anything is possible – approach to life, is just the sort of unique and inspirational activity that can enhance learning and life skills at Charter.”

Group 1 (January 2013 - March 2013)

The first group of Charter Academy students interviewed our apprentices to produce a short video on Boleh’s restoration. Throughout the programme, students learnt how to set up scenes, create interview scripts and try simple editing techniques.

You can view their progress through the photos below.

Group 2 (October 2013 - January 2014)

The second group of Charter Academy students worked on creating a timeline of Boleh’s life. This activity allowed 5 students to jump into Boleh’s history and bring it to life. We proudly displayed their work in our workshop during the restoration.

The students also produced a video to show others about the day in the life of an apprentice.

The project gave students the opportunity to learn new skills, try new activities and meet new people.

University of Southampton

We were delighted to have worked with two ship science students from the University of Southampton, under the tutorship of Professor Phillip Wilson, Professor of Ship Dynamics.

Both students completed their 3rd year Ship Science in 2013 and carried out their individual research projects on Boleh.

Jonathan Happs carried out his research on Boleh’s Sail and Rig.

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Matthew Slater completed research on Resistance, Propulsion and Stability of Sail Training Vessel, Boleh.

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Their completed research papers are available to read on the students pages.

Professor Philip Wilson said “The University of Southampton is delighted to be involved with the Boleh Project. It has allowed part 3 Ship Science students to contribute substantial work on their own part that is directly useful for the restoration and future operation of Boleh. I look forward to continued involvement in the ultimate goal of sailing Boleh.”