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.

  • Are you a modern, progressive SME marine business?
  • Do you want your company to flourish and prosper?
  • Is your ambition to build a business that is sustainable and ‘future proofed’?
  • Yes? Then marine apprenticeships are ideal for you!

An apprentice can bring new ideas, new ways of working, and with their enthusiasm and spirit can energise and reinvigorate an organisation from top to bottom…

What marine apprenticeships are available?

New apprenticeship standards have been developed in Marine Engineering, Boatbuilder and Marina and Boatyard Operative. Fresh standards in Marine Electrician are also under development. These new standards are all set at level 3 which is equivalent to two ‘A’ levels. This means a marine apprenticeship programme is now more challenging than ever before, attracting talented young people who are ready to meet the demands of a modern marine business like yours. Standards are also reviewed regularly to ensure they are still relevant to the fast-changing needs of the sector. In academic year 2019-20, we also funded for the first time our first Workboat Crewmember Apprentices at level 3, working for a commerical marine organisation.  In 2020-21 we will also begin funding the new Boatmaster apprenticeship standard for commercial operators on the Thames and elsewhere. A very exciting development!

What are apprenticeship standards?

Standards are designed and written by a group of representative employers and not solely by academics. They outline the knowledge, skills and behaviours that a role requires. Because they are designed by employers from the sector, they are relevant, contemporary, and designed to be ‘fit for purpose’ for your business. Under these new standards, the apprentice is now independently assessed at the end of their training. Therefore, their final grade is awarded in an impartial and objective way – just as with all other qualifications. Standards are also reviewed regularly to ensure they are still relevant to the fast changing needs of the sector.

The Shipwrights Company bursaries and how they can help…

Established in 2014, and supported by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, the Baltic Exchange Charitable Foundation and other donors,  the Shipwrights company has been offering grants to approximately 20 employers a year to financially support an apprentice in their first year. The initial year is often the most financially difficult for an employer when recruiting a new apprentice - and at the Shipwrights we understand the pressures on an SME business. The bursary is only open to SMEs businesses who do not pay into, or benefit from, the apprenticeship levy.

What other help is available?

Your dedicated scheme manager will:

  • Help you with the ‘end to end’ application process
  • Refer you to a training provider that can meet your needs
  • Advise on managing an apprenticeship programme from recruitment to graduation
  • Provide information, advice and guidance on apprenticeship standards
  • Signpost you to further training opportunities through our partners at British Marine….and so much more!
  • Interested in applying or just finding our more....
  • Then contact our dedicated bursary scheme manager at: sascheme@shipwrights.co.uk

Follow the SA Scheme and the Shipwrights on Twitter for news and information on apprentices, the scheme and other related items:

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 https://www.lrfoundation.org.uk/en/about-us/

Find news and updates on the scheme below:

                                             

New Shipwrights Apprenticeship Scheme sponsored employers for 2020-21

We are delighted to announce five new employers sponsored by us for academic year 2020-21. We welcome to our stable ...

Bournemouth and Poole College – a new provider for the Boatbuilder apprenticeship

Bournemouth and Poole College have confirmed they will start delivery of the level 3 Boatbuilder apprenticeship in January 2021. This ...

Shipwrights Company sponsored employer featured in local press…

Rob Perry Marine of Axminster, one of the Shipwrights Company new sponsored employers for 2020-21, were recently featured in a ...

Shipwrights Company and Maritime Skills Alliance join forces…

The Maritime Skills Alliance (MSA) recently launched an industry-wide apprenticeship pledge campaign. Covid-19 has inevitably affected opportunities for young people. ...

Shipwrights perfect circles…

Twenty years ago today the Shipwrights Company awarded a Billmeir grant for tools to a young Boatbuilder in the making. ...

Shipwrights Apprenticeship Scheme featured in Classic Boat Magazine

The Shipwrights Apprenticeship Scheme was featured in a recent edition of the prestigious trade magazine Classic Boat. Read all about ...

Tweets from @ShipApprentices

Will Tewson, one of our sponsored apprentices @RobPerryMarine, has been featured in the local press in Axminster. Great news! See page 77 - 'Business News'

https://issuu.com/marshwoodvaleltd/docs/mv_20260_20november_202020_20final_20for_20issue

We are delighted to award @SpencerRigging
on the Isle of Wight, a grant for apprentice Ellis Bell for academic year 2020-21. If you are an SME marine business and want to know how our apprenticeship bursary can benefit you then email us: sascheme@shipwrights.co.uk

We are delighted to award @Island_RIBs on the Isle of Wight, a grant for apprentice Tom Dyer for academic year 2020-21. If you are an SME marine business and want to know how our apprenticeship bursary can benefit you then email us: sascheme@shipwrights.co.uk

We are delighted to award TLC Refit and Repair in Faversham, Kent a grant for apprentice Harvey Sainsbury for academic year 2020-21. If you are an SME marine business and want to know how our apprenticeship bursary can benefit you then email us: sascheme@shipwrights.co.uk

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