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Shipwright Apprenticeship Scheme – Funding Available!

Thu, 19 February 2015

The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights is committed to promoting the growth of Marine Apprenticeships in order to sustain the level of competency in marine skills through the generations. They are now working with the SSA to help the commercial sector and have already developed partnerships with the British Marine Federation (BMF) and the Society of Maritime Industries in a bid to boost training in the marine industry. Paul Harris is the Shipwrights’ Apprenticeship Scheme’s (SAS) dedicated administrator and is based at the BMF HQ where the new boat building apprenticeship standard is being coordinated with a number of the industry’s brand names.

Paul stated: “The recruitment of apprentices can be of enormous benefit to employers, bringing renewed enthusiasm and a growing skilled labour force trained to their specific needs. Apprentices can inject new ideas, energy and talent into businesses. It has been proven that apprentices contribute to the productivity and competitiveness of organisations as well as motivating staff and improving job satisfaction all round”.

Help is provided by SAS with the interview process, wage rates, contractual, administration and mentoring, ensuring that by the end of the first year real benefits are seen by the company. The first year of training is generally cash negative for a business and yet in the long term taking on an apprentice is more cost effective than hiring pre-skilled staff or using sub-contractors. Therefore the Shipwrights’ Apprenticeship Scheme seeks to underwrite the first year wages (approximately £8500, less any direct Government incentive per student) of a three to four year marine apprenticeship overcoming one of the largest hurdles companies face when evaluating the risks associated with taking on young people.

The funding is primarily aimed at SME’s, however, assistance is available to any company looking to train marine apprentices and we would be very keen to work with larger companies to engage suppliers and partners. As such, all enquiries are welcome and Paul can be contacted at 01784 223617 & sas@shipwrights.co.uk

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