Meet the Apprentice: David Carter – Williams Shipping

Meet the Apprentice: David Carter – Williams Shipping

David studied as an apprentice at Whitby Fishing School/ 54′ North Maritime Training

  • Name: David Carter
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 25
  • Company: Williams Shipping
  • Interests outside of work: Rugby, Running and Paddle Boarding

What Apprenticeship did you undertake and when?

Actually, contrary to my position on Workboats; I completed a Fishing Apprenticeship at Whitby Fishing School in 2012. The Workboat Crewmember Apprenticeship was not yet finalised at that time, this was the closest Apprenticeship to my ambitions on Workboats. Since that time the Whitby Fishing School started 54′ North Maritime Training and through this arm they now offer the Workboat Crewmember Apprenticeship.


Where are you now
and what role do you hold?

I am now working as a Master for Williams Shipping on board small Mulitcats ranging between 14 < 20 metres LOA


What are your ambitions for career?

I would eventually like to be Master of a large Multicat, something around 30 meters plus, this ambition gives be good focus and drive to succeed.

[There’s a good business case for Williams Shipping!]


What is your favourite part of your job currently?

My favourite part about my job is definitely the variety – no day is ever the same, it never gets boring. I would not like a job where you did the same thing all the time, this would be too repetitive for me and it would not challenge me in the right way to keep me motivated.


Do you have any advice for others interested in possibly becoming an Apprentice in the Workboat Industry?

If you want to do well in this industry, you really have to enjoy your job and be prepared to work hard, being part of the crew on board a workboat is not something that you can just turn up, do your hours, then go home. You have to be part of a team, they depend on you, and so does the boat. The better you treat the boat and your equipment – the better it treats you. Time and effort put in to your work definitely helps you to achieve great results and creates a good working atmosphere that you can enjoy and be proud of.