MentorShip is the mentoring scheme of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.  MentorShip is a relatively new programme which, following a successful trial, has been expanded to cover students on maritime courses at six universities; Liverpool John Moores, Newcastle, Plymouth, Southampton, Southampton Solent and Strathclyde.  Eligible students are those on marine and maritime courses.

It provides selected University students with the opportunity to be mentored by Shipwrights with established maritime industry knowledge and experience, during their University life and academic study, and as they transition into the world of work.

Through a process of informal and voluntary mentoring, MentorShip affords students access to:

  • Industry knowledge and experience (general and specific).
  • Professional insight, career guidance and advice.
  • Business and social networking, encouragement and support.

Through MentorShip, students are also introduced to the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and its Aims.

The Role of a Shipwright mentor

 To role of the Shipwright Mentor is to support and encourage the growth of a mentee’s skills and knowledge, and to help the mentee achieve their goals.

Who are they?

  • Shipwrights with at least 5 years professional experience in the maritime sector.
  • A detailed knowledge of their industry sector, how it works and what is expected of those aiming to work within it.
  • Knowledge and experience of networking and the ability to develop contacts.

Shipwright mentors can provide a wide spectrum of knowledge and depth of experience.

Who may apply to the Company for mentoring?

  • University students in Level 5, may apply for mentoring during Levels 5 & / or 6 (i.e. last two years / final year of study for a Bachelor’s Degree).
  • University students in Level 5 may apply for mentoring during Levels 6 & / or 7 (i.e. last two years / final of study for a Master’s Degree).

MentorShip AYs 2023-25

Students hoping to have a mentor for their final year or two years are eligible to apply for MentorShip AYs 2023-25.  Applicants should complete the application form and submit it between 2 and 27 October 2023 when the window for applications will close.   The committee will meet to pair mentors and mentees shortly thereafter and once both parties have given their agreement the mentoring can begin.

Applicants are urged to take care in their application and not be too prescriptive about what they perceive their ideal mentor to be - the MentorShip programme is designed to be a window onto the maritime sector, not a doorway into it!  All mentors will offer a unique and valuable perspective.

Guidance on what to expect from a mentor and how to be a good mentee can be found at:

How to be a great mentee Aug 2023 

How to be a great mentor Aug 2023

MentorShip FAQs   The list of Frequently asked questions can be found here.

MentorShip Application Form.   The MentorShip application form can be found at the following link:

WCS MentorShip Application Form V2.docx.