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Berthon Apprenticeships – The Selection Process

June 30, 2017

Berthon has been synonymous with yacht building and repairs since 1877. These days, the Berthon Shipyard completes successful construction, refit, repair and maintenance projects in both the commercial boat and leisure yachting sectors, achieving the highest industry standards. Berthon’s apprenticeship scheme has been established for more than 100 years and many of today’s workforce have been with Berthon for their entire careers. In 2012 Berthon won the National Apprenticeship Awards and in 2016 Berthon also won the IBI International Boat Builder Award for its apprenticeship programme.

Berthon apprentices with Keith Longman after winning "Best Apprenticeship and Training Scheme Award" at the IBI 2016 Boat Builder Awards

Apprentices enjoy access to superb modern facilities and engineering technologies, as well as working with people within the business who have accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience. There can be few better places in the UK to learn a marine trade.

We are proud to offer apprenticeships for the following disciplines in 2017 with ten applicants already chosen to start later this summer – however, next year we’ll be taking on more:

  • Marine Engineer.
  • Marine Electrician.
  • Shipwright (Boat Builder).
  • Painter/Sprayer.
  • Rigger

Visit for more detailed information about our apprenticeships and to download an application form.

Berthon will be inviting applications from January 2018 for apprenticeships starting in September 2018.

The first stage of the selection process is to complete an application form.

In order to help your application, you must stand out from the crowd! The more evidence you can gather, the stronger your application will become. We expect candidates to:

  • Gather and present evidence of their interest in the marine industry.
  • Gather and present evidence of any relevant experience, including work experience that you have already gained in your chosen discipline either at Berthon, or in another manufacturing environment.
  • Have researched both Berthon and the marine industry and considered why they want an apprenticeship at Berthon.

If selected, you will attend an assessment, trade test and interview at our training provider Brockenhurst College.

Qualifications & Practical Skills:

  • City and Guilds Level 2 & 3 in your chosen qualification.
  • Proficiency in English, Maths, ICT and Communication.


  • Various Berthon courses such as: Health & Safety and LEAN manufacturing as applicable.
  • Specific to trade Berthon courses such as: technical training with market leaders like Raymarine and Garmin, manufacturers’ technical training on fixed machinery, City & Guilds spraying courses, GRP laminating courses.


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