September 28, 2018
Berthon saw its latest cohort of apprentices graduate at the Southampton Boat Show ‘British Marine Apprenticeship Graduations’ last week. Tayler Lightbourn (Shipwright) and Ben Courcha (Marine Engineer) began their apprenticeships with Berthon in September 2014 and during that time they have gained qualifications and honed their skills on a variety of different projects for private yacht owners and commercial clients. Tayler and Ben received their certificates from TV broadcaster and Marine Biologist Monty Halls at the celebratory event in front of family and friends. Berthon has a long tradition of training young people through its apprenticeship programme which is vital for the continued success and growth of the company. The programme has grown again this year with Berthon employing 13 apprentices this autumn, taking its total to 30 apprentices across Marine Engineering, Marine Electrical, Shipwright, Yacht Painter, Rigging and Stores. Berthon still has 2 positions available for Yacht Painters and 1 Shipwright position to join this new cohort. Berthon is also at the forefront of the apprenticeship development for the Marine industry, working with British Marine and other employers we are currently chairing three ‘Apprenticeship Trailblazer’ groups in Boatbuilding, Marine Engineering and Marine Electrical.
“The past 4 years of my apprenticeship have been amazing, from working in the yard to working on HMS Bristol to crewing on GREY WOLF in the Arctic Circle it’s all been so memorable. I am so thankful to everyone who’s helped me over the years and getting me where I am today! I’ll miss the Berthon family a lot.”
Tayler Lightbourn, Shipwright
Tayler has decided to travel and leaves for the Bahamas with our best wishes.
“The last 4 years at Berthon have taught me how to deal with most aspects and challenges within the marine industry. The variety of work teaches you all the skills you need to be a marine engineer. Also, you build very close relationships with the entire workforce everyone comes together to get the job done to the best possible standard. You are paid to learn, Apprenticeships are the way forward.”
Ben Courcha, Marine Engineer
Ben will now continue his career at Berthon as a skilled Marine Engineer.
Berthon’s apprenticeship programme has been established for more than 100 years and today many of our employees have been with us for their entire careers, with others returning after a sojourn elsewhere.
Every year Berthon has multiple openings for motivated young persons to join our apprenticeship programme. You receive on the job experience working on prestige private and commercial vessels coupled with City & Guilds and NVQ qualifications along with the aid and assistance of our training provider. If you feel you have the enthusiasm, ambition and dedication to complete a 4-year apprenticeship you will have the opportunity to ‘Earn as you Learn’ in a top quality environment.
For more information about our apprenticeship programmes please see our apprenticeships page.