First Shipwrights Apprenticeship Scheme grant for academic year 2021-22

We are delighted to award a Shipwrights Apprenticeship Scheme grant to Jenkins Marine in Poole to support apprentices Owen Freeman and Daniel May for academic year 2021-22 starting in Sept. This is our first grant for academic year 2021-22. We sponsor marine apprentices, helping companies to develop vital shipwright skills – both traditional and modern. […]

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Final Shipwrights Apprenticeship Grant awarded for 2020-21

We are delighted to award a grant to Pharos Offshore Group based at the Port of Blyth in Northumberland to support apprentice Jamie Lorimer for academic year 2020-21. This is our last grant for academic year 2020-21. Grants for 2021-22 are in the process of being awarded. Contact sascheme@shipwrights.co.uk for further information. We sponsor marine […]

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New ‘Association of Apprentices’ group

There is a new Association of Apprentices, led by apprentices for apprentices, established to offer a range of support to apprentices and to help them to network. Membership is currently free. Details here.

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Increase in apprenticeship minimum wage as of April 1st

The Minimum Wage for apprentices went up to £4.30ph from 1 April. The rate applies to apprentices across the UK who are under 19 or over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship. Details here. Research conducted by the Maritime Skills Alliance shows that most employers in the marine sector pay at least […]

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New package of financial incentives for apprentices

The Education and Skills Funding Agency have today announced an increased incentive payment of £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who start their employment between 1 April and 30 September 2021. Employers can apply for incentive payments for these apprentices from 1 June 2021 via their apprenticeship service account. They can spend the payment on anything […]

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Ellis Bell of Spencer Rigging – Kverndal Apprentice 2020-21

Congratulations to Ellis Bell from Spencer Rigging who has been selected as the first Kverndal apprentice.  The first year of Ellis’s apprenticeship will be funded by the money raised in memory of the late Simon Kverndal, the Shipwrights’ Company’s Prime Warden’s who died in June 2020.   The funding was generously raised and donated by so […]

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Kevin Hunt, MD of Scorpion RIBs, interviewed for National Apprenticeship Week.

For National Apprenticeship Week, Kevin Hunt the Managing Director of Scorpion RIBs in Lymington and member of our Shipwrights Company Apprenticeship Scheme committee has been interviewed by MaritimeUK. A fascinating watch with some wise advice for all young budding marine apprentices out there. Watch on YouTube here.

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New case studies added for National Apprenticeship Week 2021

For National Apprenticeship Week 2021 (8th – 14th February) we have published a selection of case studies from some of our recently funded (2019-20) most talented apprentices. Read their stories on our Shipwrights Apprenticeship Scheme page here! Read all about other Marine/Maritime related activities for National Apprenticeship Week here.

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Luke Symonds – Oarsome Chance – case study

In 2018-19, we sponsored a young man called Luke Symonds at Oarsome Chance, (based in Gosport, Hants) on a level 3 apprenticeship in Boatbuilding. Established in 2015, Oarsome Chance was conceived as a way to help disadvantaged young people, often from very troubled backgrounds, to fulfill their potential. Oarsome Chance develop and nurture practical skills […]

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