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Graduation Awards for Berthon Apprentices

November 1, 2013

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Berthon has been very involved in the development of Apprenticeship graduations together with British Marine. This is important to raise awareness of the fantastic opportunities in the Marine industry for young people and to recognize the achievements of the apprentices who have undergone 4 years of training.

Apprentices achieve technical and vocational qualifications as part of their education, as well as job specific health and safety and manufacturers’ training.

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The inaugural Graduation ceremony at the London Boat Show in 2011 was very well received, and it was then decided that the optimum timing and venue for future graduations should be switched to September and the Southampton Boat Show.

This year Berthon’s six graduate apprentices along with their parents, grandparents and girlfriends spent a day at the Boat Show before receiving their awards.

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Keith Longman, Berthon’s Yard Manager commented –

‘An Advanced Apprenticeship is a large commitment for both us as Employers and for the Apprentices themselves. It is brilliant to be able to recognize their achievements in a formal way in front of friends and family and show that Apprenticeships really are a viable alternative to University, producing fully skilled personnel in sustainable worthwhile careers’.

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Berthon currently has 30 apprentices working at the Shipyard, training in disciplines such as Marine Engineering, Marine Electrical, Boatbuilding(Shipwrights), Painting/ Spraying and Rigging.

We recruit new young people onto our Apprenticeship programme annually and we were delighted to welcome eight new apprentices this September who are now undergoing their training in the Big Blue Sheds.

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All our apprentices are complete stars and Berthon’s commitment to the Apprenticeship Programme is at the heart of what the business does. Below for this month’s Berthon blog we have focused on one of our Marine Engineering apprentices – Ashley Weatherhead – pictured below.

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Ashley joined Berthon in September 2009 to begin a 4 year Advanced Apprenticeship in Marine Engineering and began by studying a City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate before moving on to a Level 3 Technical Certificate and Level 3 NVQ.

Ashley has grown in stature through his apprenticeship and following a period of working on the new build ‘Shannon’ Class Lifeboats for the RNLI, he moved into his current role where he is engaged in service, repair and overhaul work on all manner of craft for the Ministry of Defence.

Ashley completed his apprenticeship in September 2013 after achieving all his qualifications and was immediately offered a fully skilled position and has become an integral part of the team that work out of our brand new ‘West Solent Shed’.

For information about the Berthon Apprenticeship Programme contact Keith Longman – keith.longman@berthon.co.uk.

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