Shipwrights' Apprenticeship Scheme

The Shipwrights plays a significant role in promoting the education of young people.

Shipwrights' Apprenticeship Scheme

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

Find news and updates on the scheme below:

Six MD’s and CEO’s of Major Marine Organisations to speak at the 2019 Lectures

Added on: July 9th, 2019
The programme for this year’s Lectures at the Nuffield Theatre, University of Southampton Campus on ...

News from MSSC

Added on: June 27th, 2019
John Morris, Trust Officer, at MSSC has written with a breakdown of how the ...

News from Stirling and Son, beneficiaries of a Shipwrights’ Billmeir Award

Added on: May 2nd, 2019
The following good news story from Stirling and Son in Devonport, Plymouth, a previous ...

Find out how the Scheme is helping marine industry companies:


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 British Marine, who give their full support and are working with the Shipwrights 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 Boat Company Ltd 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 the Scheme, as do now both LR Foundation, and British Marine. 

The Lloyd's Register Foundation:

The Lloyd's Register Foundation's strategy for 2014-2020 focuses funding on four strategic themes: promoting safety and public understanding of risk; advancing skills and education; supporting excellent scientific research; and accelerating the application of research. The Shipwright's Apprenticeship Scheme satisfies the second of these strategic themes; advancing skills and education. For more information on the LR Foundation and the projects they fund visit their website

Click on a company to find out more about them and to see their apprentice story

To apply for funding:

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Any questions about the scheme or requests for funding can be directed to the SA Scheme Administrator at or via the Shipwrights' Offices on 020 7606 2376.  Follow the SA Scheme and the Shipwrights on twitter for news and information on apprentices, the scheme and other related items: