Billmeir Award Scheme
'Billmeir' is essentially in-house shorthand for grants for technical education and training. It stems from the Trust set up in 1957 by the late Jack Billmeir CBE, a shipowner and Prime Warden of the Shipwrights Company in 1962. Awards are primarily made to individuals to support them in their training at one of the schools teaching modern (e.g. GRP) and traditional timber ship and boat building, or to universities and colleges teaching naval architecture, and marine engineering.
Awards may also be made directly to the naval architecture and engineering faculties of universities which offer relevant courses, to support vacation outplacements in industry. These grants are then administered by the faculty.
Individual grants range from a maximum of about £2,000 to help with fees or living expenses whilst on course, down to £200 for tools. The tools shown to the left were presented to the top trainee at Borsham North Shore Boat Yard. It is the Company’s policy to make grants payable to the school and dependent on continuing good reports of performance and attendance.
In 2019-20 over £20,000 was allocated to applicants to the Billmeir Award Scheme which supported 18 individuals and two organisations, the Clyde Maritime Trust and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers' 'Shipwrights' Prize'. The individuals who were supported by the Shipwrights were training on courses ranging from naval architecture to traditional wooden boat building at one of the colleges listed below and the Company funded their course fees or tools. To date in 2020-21 the Education and Charity Committee has allocated £27,000 in grants to 21 individual applicants from six separate colleges and in support of the two apprentices with the Clyde Maritime Trust and the Shipwrights Prize awarded by ICS.
Clicking on a college logo will take you to their wesite.
Specific Terms and Condition are:
Under the terms of the Shipwrights' Company Educational Trust, the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights invites applications from students of naval architecture, or students, apprentices or other persons employed, interested, or concerned in the shipping, shipbuilding, boat building or related industries, who are citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for grants of money to assist the candidate to:
- attend a post-graduate or other advanced course of study at any recognised university or college, or shipbuilding, engineering, shipping or research establishment in the UK.
- or carry out maritime-related research or studies in any part of the world.
- or attend an undergraduate course of maritime related study.
- or spend a period of study or employment in a maritime related industry.
- or engage in any approved activity designed to advance a career in the shipping, shipbuilding, boat building or related industries.
Preference will be given to those under 25 years of age. To apply please complete the online application form using the link at the bottom of this page. Remember that the more relevant information you can provide to show why you are a worthy recipient of an award the better you application will be received and you should also demonstrate how you will be helping the Shipwrights' Company to fulfil its educational and charitable objectives. Your references will be also be very important in this regard. The Education and Charities Committee meets three times a year in February, June and November.
Please be aware that the application needs to be properly assessed and references sought and received by the Shipwrights' before it will be considered by the committee. Applications may be made at any time and will be considered at the next available opportunity by the Education and Charities Committee.
Please complete the 'Billmeir On-line Application Form' by clicking on the link here.