Please select your home edition
Selden 2020 - LEADERBOARD

ABYMA launches Antigua Marine Scholarship Fund with IYRS School of Technology and Trades

by Antigua and Barbuda Yachting & Marine Association 26 Mar 17:01 PDT

The Antigua and Barbuda Yachting and Marine Association (ABYMA) and IYRS School of Technology & Trades have launched The Antigua Marine Scholarship Fund. In order to qualify for the program, candidates will need to apply to the Antigua Selection Committee presently consisting of members of ABYMA who will review and determine the candidates long-term interest and commitment to the Antigua & Barbuda marine services industry. In addition, the candidates will be required to meet all of the IYRS Admission criteria led by Ms. Wehr, IYRS Director of Admissions.

The first recipient is 21-year-old Ishmael Auguste who will study Marine Systems. Auguste is an ex-Irene B Secondary School Student from Liberta Village and a current member of the refit team at Woodstock Boat Builders. He previously gained experience in electrics and is seeking to expand his knowledge to include marine electrical systems.

"It is my dream to be an engineer and work on motor or sailing superyachts," said Auguste. "I've gotten straight to work at IYRS and I look forward to sharing my knowledge when I'm back in Antigua."

"Robert Osborn Jr., President of the Salty Dawg Association and I came up with the idea to support local Antiguan marine service workers," said Robert Farley, a member of The New York Yacht Club (NYYC) and Cruising Club of America (CCA). "The goal is to help Antiguan locals gain industry-recognized certifications to enhance the future of Antigua's marine industry."

Farley and Osborn approached IYRS with the concept and gained full support to proceed in collaboration with the ABYMA. IYRS is the premier marine trades and modern manufacturing school in the United States.

"It is essential that the quality of marine services remain robust in Antigua so that the island can continue to be a premier destination for cruisers and superyachts into the future," said Osborn, who is responsible for encouraging approximately 80 cruising boats to visit Antigua every fall as part of the Annual Salty Dawg Caribbean Rally. "The partnership between ABYMA and IYRS will build on the excellent services available on the island while preparing the marine industry's next generation."

"Many principles are aging out of local marine service businesses," said President of the ABYMA Franklyn Braithwaite. "With recent sad and sudden deaths, this has further put the spotlight on the need to accelerate the development of more skills on island."

"As the premier technology and trade school, with a focus on the marine trades, IYRS works across the industry to create partnerships that are paramount to a healthy workforce ecosystem," said IYRS President Kern Maass. "IYRS currently has over 600 hiring partners. Placing our students with careers, not just entry-level jobs, is a primary reason students seek out IYRS. Likewise, our relationships with industry partners ensures that our programs deliver what partners need to provide successful products and services. ABYMA and Antigua are ideal partners in building upon this crucial ecosystem, advancing excellence across the marine trades."

The Scholarship Fund's goal is to send at least two students each year and create an endowment that ensures the success of the program into the future.

Those interested in contributing to the Antigua Marine Scholarship Fund can visit and designate "Antigua Scholarship". IYRS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) so donations may be tax deductible. Contributions of any size will support current and future students' development in the industry and ensure program continuity.

Related Articles

ABYMA Showcase to take place at Lucky Eddi's
Over twenty leading marine industry service and support companies to be presented On November 16-17, 2024 the Antigua & Barbuda Yachting & Marine Association (ABYMA) will present over twenty leading companies & organizations that provide service and support to the marine industry. Posted on 3 Nov 2023
ABYMA Industry Skills and Qualifications Survey
Many stakeholders have been looking at opportunities to collaborate with educational institutions As we build up to the 2nd Annual ABYMA Industry Showcase and businesses are finalising plans for the upcoming Winter season, it brings into the spotlight the critical labour force which is the backbone of the industry. Posted on 11 Oct 2023
Statement from Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort
Antigua Yacht Club Marina is deeply devastated by the fires that occurred last night Antigua Yacht Club Marina is deeply devastated by the fires that occurred last night, particularly affecting the facilities and services within our main complex. Posted on 3 Oct 2023
ABYMA ready for a strong year
The organisation's objectives are to promote Yachting & the Marine Industry In 2023 Annual General Meeting and State of the Industry Meeting, re-elected President, Franklyn Braithwaite, states, All indications are that business is strong and that the yachting industry will have a strong year in Antigua & Barbuda Posted on 10 Sep 2023
2023 ABYMA Showcase at Falmouth Harbour Marina
The second annual Antigua and Barbuda Yachting & Marine Association Industry Showcase The Antigua and Barbuda Yachting & Marine Association is looking forward to hosting its second annual ABYMA Industry Showcase. Posted on 26 Aug 2023
ABYMA host first industry showcase
Antigua & Barbuda Yachting and Marine Association blown away by response Located at the National Sailing Academy, the Showcase brought together key stakeholders in the yachting industry with the sole objective of inspiring Antiguans to consider entering the industry as a career option. Posted on 18 Nov 2022
Countdown to the ABYMA Industry Showcase
ABYMA is getting very excited about the exhibitors who are coming on board to share information Its less than two weeks the first Antigua and Barbuda Marine & Yachting Association (ABYMA) Industry Showcas will take place at the National Sailing Academy in English Harbour. Posted on 30 Oct 2022
Antigua and Barbuda is open!
Yachting industry gears up for international arrivals Antigua and Barbuda is ready to receive its yachting guests for the start of the Winter Season and is sending a clear signal that Antigua and Barbuda is open. Posted on 12 Nov 2020
ABMA call for Covid-19 compliance training
Working to provide training to all yacht workers and yacht service companies ABMA is working with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism to provide training to all yacht workers and yacht service companies who will come into contact with visiting yachts this season to create a COVID-19 Compliance Training Certificate. Posted on 20 Oct 2020
2024 fill-in (bottom)Selden 2020 - FOOTERMaritimo 2023 S-Series FOOTER