Making Waves would like to thank the following businesses for sponsoring a sunfish statue along the tourist trail. Not only are they sponsoring a statue they are supporting young talent and skills in the city, enabling the production of a trail that will drive foot fall and tourism in Plymouth as well as supporting Marine conservation!

MAKING WAVES P7461_GREYConsistently ranked as one of the leading universities in the UK, Plymouth has a strong record of excellence, enterprise and innovation across its teaching and research activities and is distinguished by its long-term engagement with business and the community. Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2012 and this year’s recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the University enjoys outstanding links with employers and plays a key role in civic and regional leadership.

With around 30,000 students, including those studying higher education at its partner colleges throughout the South West, the University is one of largest in the UK. It enjoys a high rate of graduate employment and has recently invested more than £150 million in its estate and facilities to enhance the student experience and support world-class research.

Plymouth has embedded sustainability across its operations, and in 2010 was named by People & Planet as the UK’s number one green university. It is a founding partner in the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry and is the leading provider of Higher Education in Cornwall. For more information, please visit


imagesNational Marine Aquarium – Driving Marine Conservation through Engagement. We’re not just the largest Aquarium in the UK but as a charity we assist with turtle conservation research, run conservation programmes,educate 30,000+ students with curriculum-based learning, campaign for sustainable fisheries, train apprentices and run intern programmes. We also put on live music gigs and other events, profits of which go towards our charitable aims – and it’s all in aid of marine conservation!

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The Making Waves project was conceived by our Managing Director, Dr David Gibson and it brings together a number of National Marine Aquarium objectives – engaging the public with marine life, promoting Plymouth as a destination, supporting the development of young people and, of course, driving marine conservation through engagement.  The project ultimately has the potential to generate funds to support a range of projects under our conservation through engagement programme, primarily our work with Ocean Sunfish.  The study of the Sunfish, and the engagement of a wide range of water users in the collection of data, will, we hope, lead us all to a better understanding of how our seas are changing and how better we can connect with the sea for the continued health of our communities and our natural environment.


app_logoThe National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of Apprenticeships throughout England.

We are responsible for increasing the number of Apprenticeship opportunities and providing a dedicated, responsive service for both employers and learners. This includes simplifying the process of recruiting an apprentice through Apprenticeship vacancies, an online system where employers can advertise their Apprenticeship job vacancies and potential apprentices can apply.

We also manage WorldSkills UK; a portfolio of skills competitions and activities run in partnership with organisations from industry and education. For more information visit


Babcock International Group is the UK’s leading engineering support company.  We own and operate Babcock trusted RGBDevonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth employing around 4,200 people.  At Devonport, we work in partnership with the Ministry of Defence to provide through-life support for submarines, surface warships and their associated systems and equipment.  We are currently training around 200 apprentices and Making Waves is a great showcase for their skills and creativity as well as providing an innovative link between our business and the local community.



As an outstanding* CCP Logo Hires TIFFApprenticeship provider City College Plymouth is proud to support the Making Waves project. The College educates and trains nearly ten per cent of Plymouth’s adult population, offering an extensive range of vocational and academic courses – from basic skills to A levels, Apprenticeships to degrees, and leisure courses to professional qualifications. The College enjoys excellent relationships with local employers, enabling us to ensure that our courses are relevant to local and national employment opportunities, and that our facilities provide realistic working environments.

* Ofsted Inspection  Report,    October 2012

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downloadPlymouth College of Art is a specialist college for artists, run by artists. Founded in 1856, it combines over a one hundred and fifty years worth of history with up-to-the-minute thinking and cutting-edge facilities – including a brand new £7.7m art, craft and digital design wing opening in September 2013.

As an organisation leading the development of Creative Apprenticeships within the city Plymouth College of Art is actively supporting the Making Waves project. Through both apprentice and employer engagement we are working alongside the project to profile the work of apprentices and to highlight the opportunities available to young people.

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Herald Logo plus sloganThe Plymouth Herald believes that life is local,
and that is why we truly believe that we should be at the heart of things
local, supporting our community, and championing causes.  The Making Waves
initiative to support apprenticeships in Plymouth is exactly that type of
cause, and we want to help celebrate and share that success, because after all,
if Plymouth doesn’t success, then nor do we

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The Theatre Royal Plymouth is the largest and best attended regional producing theatre in the UK and the leading promoter of
theatre in the South West. We have three distinctive performance spaces – The Lyric, The Drum and The Lab – as well as TR2, our award-winning creative learning and production centre, containing unrivalled workshop and rehearsal

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Brittany Ferries’ first route linked Plymouth with the Breton port of Roscoff in 1973. Today the company operates from eleven ports, linking four countries: UK – France, UK – Spain and Ireland – France. Brittany Ferries is the market leader on the Western Channel, and a leading supplier of ferry-inclusive motoring holidays to France and Spain. Further can be found at




With it’s many cafes, restaurants and bars, a beautiful marina, tourist attractions and family friendly events taking place throughout the year, all in  the stunning setting of Plymouth’s dazzling waterfront, Sutton Harbour is a must-visit destination for anyone spending a day in Plymouth.

A vibrant and exciting leisure destination, Sutton Harbour is perfectly positioned at the heart of both city centre shopping and lively waterfront culture. Just a stone’s throw from the cobbled streets of the Barbican, the Harbour balances historic charm with modern contemporary design and has attractions which appeal to visitors of all ages.


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Mi-space is the specialist residential division of the Midas Group.  Our mission is simple; “to help sustain and create communities that work well now and in the future”.  To achieve this we realise that we have to be more than just ‘another contractor’; we have to be an organisation that thinks holistically, builds and refurbishes sustainably, and delivers consistently.

We are committed to investing in the communities in which we work, so for us, the Making Waves project was an exciting initiative that we wanted to be part of.  So much so, that we’ve invested in two!  We look forward to taking part in the skills and fun activities taking place over the spring and summer of 2014.



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running, Barratt Homes is officially the highest quality major national
housebuilder, having been awarded an exclusive ‘5 Star Housebuilder Award’ by
the Homebuilder Federation. We aim to provide the highest standard of design,
construction and customer service in the business, resulting in a host of
industry awards in recent years. All new homes from Barratt are designed with
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to enjoy living there, an opportunity to personalise your home from the very
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Mount Wise is one of Plymouth’s most prestigious developments.

Phase one of the regeneration project delivered 159 residential homes, which in terms of architecture, complement and enhance the existing setting of the listed buildings and mature landscaped grounds of this historic 28 acre estate. The second phase will form the centrepiece of the project and incorporate a new Square in front of the Grade II listed Admiralty House framing the principle building which itself has planning and listed building consent for a boutique hotel.

Phase 2 will deliver 89 homes, 30 of which will be within the wings of Admiralty House and will be known as Admiralty Row.  There are a mix of 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and houses and these will all benefit from views over the River Tamar and Plymouth Sound.  The other 59 homes will be built around the new Square framing Admiralty House and will be known as Maritime Quarter.

Maritime Quarter adopts the Georgian inspired architecture of Phase 1 and provides a mix of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses with a variety of aspects of looking out over the River Tamar, the new formal Square in front of Admiralty House and the Cricket Pitch.




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