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After 23 years of training highly-skilled boat builders and furniture makers, the Boat Building Academy (BBA) is proud to announce it is now a charitable company. The change will enable the BBA to offer bursaries to individuals for training in boat building and furniture making.

“Becoming a charity is a big moment for us; the primary objective is to enable us to offer assisted places to extremely committed applicants who would not otherwise be able to attend our courses,” says Will Reed, BBA Principal and Trustee.

“Initially, we are able to offer two boat builders and three furniture makers financial assistance each year. We would like to increase numbers in future and will be taking a proactive approach to fundraising.”

BBA bursaries will be offered to applicants who best meet criteria which include commitment, enthusiasm and a desire to forge a career in the boat building and furniture making industries. For more information about bursaries, register interest via [email protected].

“Although some students receive grants from the likes of City & Guilds, most rely on savings, and for some people a course is an unattainable dream,” says Will. “We are thrilled to be able to turn those dreams into reality for several students each year with our new bursary programme. I came to the BBA through a lifetime love of woodwork and I’m delighted that we’ll be offering our training to a wider section of the community.”