Earlier this week, the day after budget day, Nathan Smith a 3rd year Marine Engineering Apprentice from the Berthon Boat Company (BBC) was invited onto the Victoria Derbyshire sofa to join in the conversation about the impact the budget will have on young people and apprenticeships; very apt as it’s National Apprenticeship Week.
During the budget, Chancellor George Osborne announced that from April 2017 employers will receive a 10 per cent top-up to their monthly levy contributions in England. There was also a rise in the apprentice minimum wage and a reduction in corporation tax announced which should encourage more young people to join and companies to invest in apprenticeships.
Berthon Yard Manager, Keith Longman accompanied Nathan to the BBC and said… “This is great exposure for apprenticeships; not just for Berthon and the marine industry but apprenticeships as a whole. The stigma that was previously attached to apprenticeships has definitely lifted. 10 years ago I would receive 10 applications for a Berthon apprenticeship but we are now seeing a real change in attitude both from students and their parents. It was clear after speaking non-stop for 3 hrs to prospective apprentices and their parents on Wednesday night at the Brockenhurst College Jobs Fair that apprenticeships are high on the agenda for career choices. As chair of British Marine’s training committee, and also of the new Trailblazer apprenticeships in the marine industry for Boatbuilding and Marine Engineering, our focus is on encouraging more young people to join our exciting industry by providing quality training and sustainable career pathways.
Watch Nathan taking part in the debate here:
Apprentice Budget conversation starts at 13 minutes.
Here are some images from behind the screens….
Find out more about Marine Apprenticeships at Berthon