About the Burrard Academy
The Burrard Academy has been established to provide training to the shooting industry as a whole. The precise areas of training will be defined from the findings of an industry-wide consultation – running from the start of June to the end of August 2016.
The project is being overseen by Drew Boxall, of Boxall & Edmiston gunmakers; in association with BASC, the GTA, the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers and an Independent Training Provider – SBC Training. Each of the stakeholders, recognise a need for elements of training to help support the growing industry and are working together to provide it.
The name of the Academy comes from Major Sir Gerald Burrard, writer of The Modern shotgun; an excellent series of books which collated and preserved information on gunmaking and shooting. The books were a wonderful example of how someone can take steps to preserve an art form, in this case gunmaking, to ensure the knowledge is preserved for the next generation – something we attempt to do again with the Burrard Academy.
The Academy will complement existing training methods and recognised institutions by offering additional, currently unavailable, teachings with access to some of the most knowledgeable people working within the trade. Courses will be open to all and many will be able to access modules through existing training routes such as apprenticeships.
In December 2016, the results summary of the survey will be made public and at that stage the first courses defined. The consultation will also be the foundation for potential funding to pay for many of the courses, particularly for young people working in or entering the industry. This is the first stage of what will be a lengthy project and fortuitously the gun trade has been around for a long time and if we work together, will be around for a long time to come.