March 28, 2013
4th Year Berthon apprentice Jack Hughes signed his name by engraving a new frame for West Solent One Design RIPPLE, as part of the `Made by Apprentices Campaign’ which is a national effort to promote the role and importance of apprentices to business today. RIPPLE is of course undergoing a full restoration by our apprentices so this is a big deal for them and for us.
March also saw National Apprenticeship Week and our Apprentices wrote all the Berthon tweets for the week to promote this effort.
Also this month, yard manager Keith Longman attended an Apprenticeship Reception. The Deputy Prime Minister was at the event and he was impressed by the work that Berthon is doing to promote Marine industry apprenticeships.
2 Berthon apprentices, Joe Bullen and Jade Harrison hosted Ashley Infant School’s Holly class on the 14th March giving a tour of the yard including getting close to the new build Shannon Class Lifeboats and an MOD Police boat. Everyone from the School had a fantastic time and took away lots of ideas for a transport project that they were working on.
To close this month’s apprenticeship news, MD, Brian May hosted local MP Desmond Swayne for a 2 hour discussion, tour of Berthon and to meet our apprentices as they worked. ‘What really comes across is your passion for training and this is very laudable’ he said.
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Berthon Boat Comapny has a long history in apprentices, to find out more about our apprenticeship program or to apply to become a shipwright, marine engineer, marine electrician please see the Berthon Jobs page.