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John Rigby & Co. leads from the front on the preservation of gunmaking skills with the launch of the Rigby Academy

London gunmaker John Rigby & Co. is delighted to announce the creation of its new gunmakers’ apprenticeship programme, the Rigby Academy. The Rigby Academy has been developed to protect the conventional skills and strategies utilized in gunmaking and develop a brand new technology of professional precision craftsmen. Without direct motion being taken, with extra craftsmen retiring than becoming a member of, there’s a actual threat that gunmaking skills are misplaced or consigned to the previous.  John Rigby & Co. is steeped in a wealthy historical past of British gunmaking with its core values upheld by an bold crew of strongminded and proficient craftsmen, so the firm is ideally positioned to take the lead on such an vital problem.

Rigby is led from the front by Marc Newton, a younger and dynamic managing director, who benefited from the mentorship of the model’s former proprietor and gunmaker, Paul Roberts. As half of his work to revive Rigby to its rightful place as one of the world’s main gunmakers, Marc has gathered a extremely expert, vibrant and impressive crew of gunmakers, most of whom are beneath the age of 30. 

Successful candidates to the Rigby Academy will full a structured coaching programme over 5 years which has been designed by the firm’s prime and time-served gunmakers, with all work being overseen by Marc Newton. The apprentice gunmakers will begin their coaching working on Rigby’s award-winning bolt motion rifles, the Highland Stalker and Big Game, earlier than progressing onto bespoke London Best rifles, earlier than finishing their coaching on the firm’s premium Rising Bite double rifles and shotguns. On completion of the apprenticeship, the Academy’s graduates shall be awarded a Rigby gunmakers’ certificates and be invited to interview for a full time, everlasting place inside the firm.

Rigby managing director Marc Newton commented: “By creating the Rigby Academy, I hope to encourage and educate the subsequent technology of gunmakers and assist protect the area of interest skills concerned in gunmaking for the future. I’m extraordinarily grateful to be in the place I’m in at a comparatively younger age and understand how vital mentorship is to serving to younger individuals thrive and realise their potential. The Rigby Academy might help flip the tide away from falling gunmaker numbers in direction of new, younger apprentices studying and preserving these skills for the future.” 

Applications to the Rigby Academy are accepted all year-round, with events invited to e-mail their CV and masking letter to: [email protected]

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