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Marine Design company recruits graduate designer, with support from Marine-i

Jack Gifford Marine Design, based in Penryn, has boosted its team with the recruitment of designer Charlotte Monks, thanks to support from Marine-i. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is designed to help the marine tech sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow through harnessing the full potential of research and innovation.

Jack Gifford Marine Design provides integrated yacht design and naval architecture services, with a focus on designing cleaner, smarter yachts using eco-friendly materials and eco-friendly propulsion. Charlotte joined Jack’s team after completing her Interior Design degree at Falmouth University. She had already decided to work towards a career in the marine industry and had previously completed a work placement at Pendennis Shipyard.

Although Charlotte’s skill set is not one usually associated with naval architecture, Jack Gifford could see her potential and how she could add value to his business. With the help of the Marine-i salary subsidy, he was able to offer her a full time job as a designer.

Jack says: “Taking on a new employee always puts an initial strain on cash flow. The salary subsidy support we received from Marine-i was a great help, giving us breathing space to get our new employee up to speed. The Marine-i team supported us from start to finish and made the process very easy”.

Charlotte receives ongoing support from Marine-i Innovation Manager Dawn McColl from Falmouth Marine School. Working at a small bespoke business, Charlotte is involved with all aspects of projects from  concept to completion, using her design skills to enhance the interior space of many types of craft.

Dawn McColl comments: “Joining a young company with interesting, creative projects gives Charlotte opportunities that may not have arisen within a larger business.”

Dawn adds: “The marine sector is a crucial component of the local employment market. There are now 12,500 people working in SMEs in Cornwall’s marine sector. Marine businesses contribute £500 million of Cornwall’s GDP and the county accounts for an impressive 1 in 7 of all the marine jobs in the UK.

“By providing a salary subsidy scheme to helps employers take on talented graduates such as Charlotte, the Marine-i project is helping to drive further growth in this vital sector.”