A COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY
After months of trying to find data about the boatbuilding workforce, we came to the conclusion that no-one has it! In conversations with the UK Shipbuilding Skills Taskforce team, it seems that they struggled to get meaningful data about who is actually building boats in the UK. The recent Heritage Craft Association and Wooden Boat Trade Association survey threw up some worrying trends - a lack of diversity and an ageing workforce. Anecdotally, this won't surprise anyone. The survey was brilliant, but only concerned with traditional boatbuilding.
We live in an age of data, and money is allocated and decisions are made when you can back up your reasoning with facts.
So we've created the British Boatbuilders survey - for all boatyard trades.
Its a simple Google form - at https://tinyurl.com/boatbuildersurvey
so please complete it and share it with all boatyard friends and colleagues.
It will be open for 6 weeks. We hope in that time we will have a decent response....but we're relying on word of mouth in the yards. Email me if you'd like it in an email or whats-app format to share. It went live yesterday, and 30 lovely people have already filled it in, which is amazing.
The survey is anonymous and we will share all results openly. Its done for the benefit of all, not just about women.
Email if you'd like to know more.