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Berthon Host Marine Industry Trailblazers

Marine Trailblazers at Berthon

Berthon hosted the latest apprenticeship Trailblazer meeting on Tuesday 10th March coinciding with National apprenticeship week.  The marine industry is one of 37 sectors chosen as a Phase 3 Trailblazer, alongside others such as maritime defence, emergency services and port operations & supply chain.  The industry’s relationship manager is Jennifer Coupland, Deputy Director & Head of Apprenticeships Unit BIS & DfE, confirming the importance of the sector.  Berthon Boat Company Ltd are chairing the group of employers which include Sunseeker, Green Marine, RNLI and Princess Yachts creating the new apprenticeship standard and assessment plan for boatbuilding.

Keith Longman, Yard Manager at Berthon said: “Our Trailblazer group are excited at the opportunity to influence the training delivery of our apprentices like we have never had before.  The government’s strategy that apprenticeship training should be employer led is welcomed by us and we will embrace the challenge to build a standard that will deliver the competence and behaviors that we require now and in the future.”

Sarah Dhanda, Senior Federation Director at British Marine, said: “By developing the apprentice scheme further we are ensuring the quality of the industry’s training programme.  We will be preserving much needed skills and ensuring the sector is well placed for the future, whilst crucially maintaining a strong profile both in government and within young people.”

The changes will build on the existing strengths of current schemes, but the reformed apprenticeships will meet the needs of the future economy in years to come, ensure apprenticeships are more rigorous and responsive to the needs of employers and ensure they are viewed with the same esteem as University.

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Keith Longman – Yard Manager

More information on Marine Apprenticeships at Berthon

General Background:

Apprenticeships deliver for employers, young people, adults and the economy.

  • More than 850,000 people were earning and learning on an apprenticeship in 2013/14.
  • 90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship (includes 2% self-employed)
  • 71% stay with the same employer.

New research for National Apprenticeship Week shows millions of consumers would prefer to do business with apprentice employers.

  • Even more (23%) would pay a price-premium for services or products that champion local youth
  • This could result in £18bn additional revenue for the country’s firms if they hired apprentices
  • Apprentices deliver productivity gains of over £10,000 per annum per apprentice for companies and the benefits are seen even before apprentices qualify.

National Apprenticeship Week 2015 (#NAW2015) promotes the benefits of apprenticeships.

  • Events across the country will celebrate the success of apprenticeships
  • Apprenticeships have been transformed over recent years so they are more responsive to the needs of employers and learners.

Businesses can grow their own talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

  • 240,000 employer workplaces employing an apprentice in 2013/14
  • Specialist small business support team and AGE Grant for small businesses.

 Apprentices can earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future.

  • Intermediate, advanced and higher (degree level) apprenticeships.
  • 170 industries; 1500 job roles.
  • Up to 25,000 Apprenticeship vacancies available online at any one time.

Young people can ‘get in and go far’ with an apprenticeship at some of Britain’s biggest and brightest companies. They can gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, in some cases up to degree level, while working and earning.

  • Two million apprenticeships have been started since 2010.
  • 19% of advanced apprentices progress to Higher Education.
  • 47 higher apprenticeships representing over 100 different job roles

Apprenticeships are at the heart of the Government’s drive to equip people with the skills that employers need to grow and compete.

  • Apprenticeship reforms are putting employers in the driving seat.
  • 12 months minimum duration just one part of commitment to quality.
  • £1.453 billion Government investment in 2013-14.
  • Apprenticeships estimated to contribute £34 billion to the UK economy in 2014.
  • Return on investment £18 for every pound of government investment. (NAO Report Feb 2010); BIS estimate this at £28.

Employer-led Trailblazers are leading the way in implementing new standards in apprenticeships

  • More than 1,000 companies involved so far, including Google, Capgemini, ITV & Berthon along with Sunseeker, Pendennis, Princess, RNLI, Green Marine & British Marine.
  • First new apprenticeships began in September 2014. The new Boatbuilding Refit, Repair & Maintenance (Marine) Apprenticeship Trailblazer will commence in September 2015.

To APPLY for an apprenticeship with Berthon, go to 

The National Apprenticeship Service is here to support employers and has made it easier than ever to employ an apprentice.

  • Dedicated employer teams, including SME specialists.
  • Simple three step process:
    • Decide on requirements and recruit.
    • Deliver the apprenticeship working with a training organisation.
    • Develop your apprentice.

There has never been a better time to employ an apprentice, or start an apprenticeship.  Visit if you’re an employer or if you want to find out more about becoming an apprentice or call 08000 150 600.

Businesses can also access all the support and advice they need at

Contact Details

Keith Longman