A former Falmouth Marine School student flew himself over in his private plane form the Isles of Scilly last week, to take a look at the new facilities on Killigrew Street in Falmouth.
Tom Jackman who is now working as a Chief Engineer on superyachts, said: “What I was taught at Falmouth Marine School provided the perfect grounding for my career. The principles and skills I learnt I apply constantly. I have the career I always wanted; I have travelled all over the world meeting other professionals and clients with a Michelin star chef on board.”
Tom was enjoying a week at home with his parents before returning to the Caribbean and heard about the changes to the Marine School. As a fully qualified pilot he decided to fly over and take a look around.
After looking around the student areas, in the main building, Tom headed for Marine Engineering workshop. He commented: “It’s great to see that the workshop has evolved alongside developments in the industry. The students are extremely lucky to have top of the range equipment to work on.
“I was particularly impressed with the diagnostics testing unit, to simulate faults. Everything a modern ship uses today is here; if the students are efficient with this then they are set for employment in the industry.”
Tom had to leave St Mary’s Island aged 16 to continue his education. He Said: “My Father was in the Merchant Navy which inspired me to become a Marine Engineer. I have worked on The World, which is a cross between a superyacht and a cruiser, Oil tankers for BP and several superyachts, the biggest being The Octopus at 127 meters. I am doing exactly what I dreamed of doing and am grateful to tuition I received at the start of my journey.”