The Senora Trust

The Senora Trust

At a glance


  • Environment
  • Local / community
  • Museums / heritage
  • Sports
  • Training / employment support
  • Young people

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The Señora Trust, charity no. 1163053 - Training, Restoration and Employment.

Project Summary

The project will train young people in the manufacturing skills that made Sunderland the world’s premier Shipbuilding town, providing the new generation a good foundation for careers in the engineering and construction industries.

The project is based in the historic Pallion Shipyard, the last shipyard still standing on the Wear. The Trust is partnered with Monumental Training ltd and Pallion Engineering, and works closely with NE companies to promote maximum inward investment and job creation, providing apprenticeships tailored to the manufacturing sectors’ staffing requirements. Our first 14 apprentices start on the 15.8.16. Our workshops will take up to100 apprenticeships in engineering to 2019. The men who built the ships will work with our instructors to help our apprentices achieve NVQ Diplomas (level III) in Marine Engineering, carrying the community’s traditions of manufacturing excellence into the future.

The program will include restoration of the classic yacht Señora (1908) to become ‘The People’s Yacht’. On her completion the Trust will establish a Community Interest Company that will lease her from the Trust and operate her for charter as a sail training vessel and for corporate hospitality. The lease fee will allow the Trust to subsidise community groups to charter her.

Our Apprentices will work on Señora, on commissions for metal fabrications, and building, restoring and maintaining other vessels. Income from this work will help sustain the Trust’s training program.

The chartering business will provide further training places and directly employed jobs intourism, corporate hospitality and sailing instruction.

Señora will combine classic beauty with pioneering design and technology. We are exploring the market case for fitting her with the latest electric marine engine, making her a trailblazer in new technology and environmentally responsible leisure and commercial marine vessels.

The Project has a significant additional value as an tourism, health and education project; new, green technology, celebrating the City's heritage skills, and promoting the healthy sport of sailing. Through celebrating Wearside’s proud history in shipbuilding, the project will provide imaginative learning programmes and open days for volunteers and the general public. Señora will contribute to the regeneration of an historic conservation area on the River Wear. Her completion will be timed so she will take part in the Sunderland Tall Ships Festival, 2018.

The project’s legacy will be quayside workshops recapturing lost skills through quality training; self sustaining businesses providing work and economic stimulus in a previously moribund area of the City; and increased tourism on the banks of the Wear as 'The Peoples Yacht’ celebrates the City's industrial, cultural and environmental heritage through taster courses, river trips and sail training.


  • Employs and trains Apprentices to NVQ Diploma in Marine Engineering 
  • Restores the Classic Yacht Senora
  • Publicise the Project through media, social media, events and presentations, to (a) raise funds (b) engage volunteers (c) create links with industry to place apprentices in employment 
  • Develops links with community, sport, sailing and young people's organisations to work together for the benefit of the city of Sunderland and the region 

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