Apprenticeship Scheme Initiative

Learn about the Apprentice Scheme Initiative

Apprenticeship Scheme Initiative

The scheme encourages small businesses in the marine sector to train apprentices and harks back to the founding principles of the Shipwrights Company.

We are now entering the second phase of the scheme which ensures that funding and assistance are available primarily to smaller firms in the marine sector, offering advice and guidance addressing the perceived problems of hiring and training young people.   Having secured core funding from Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LR Foundation), we are expanding the scheme to place up to twenty apprentices per annum in small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs).  LR Foundation helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research.

Many SMEs would value taking on an apprentice but are daunted by the prospect of doing so.  The Scheme provides first year funding for the SME by way of a bursary or loan to overcome the negative cash impact of taking on an apprentice during that time and also provides invaluable support with the interview process, wage rates, contracts, administration and mentoring so that the business gets full value from having an apprentice and the apprentice receives the guidance and nurturing that is needed.

The Scheme now has a dedicated administrator who is based in the offices of the British Marine Federation (BMF), who give their full support and are working with the Shipwrights and Berthon Boat Co Ltd (Berthon) to equip our young people with the skills necessary for the future.

The origins of the Shipwrights’ Apprentice Scheme lie in the establishment of an apprenticeship expansion program by Berthon on the South Coast, on behalf of Government, to encourage apprenticeships.  Berthon pioneered the methodologies that the Shipwrights scheme uses and which provide such amazing success statistics. Over 90% of apprentices under the Shipwrights and Berthon schemes graduate – this compares to a 70% success rate nationally.  Berthon remain at the heart of our scheme, as do now both LR Foundation, and BMF.

 To apply for funding:

 Any questions about the scheme or requests for funding can be directed to the Scheme Administrator at or on 01784 223617.