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Berthon Steal the Show with Further Recognition

Berthon Boat Company Ltd was recently awarded the title of Medium Employer of the Year at the 2009 Apprenticeship Awards held at Old Billingsgate, London. Run by the National Apprenticeships Service, the Awards celebrated the achievements of apprentices and their employers.

The prestigious ceremony was hosted by Rugby World Cup winner Matt Dawson and his Strictly Come Dancing dance partner Lilia Kopylova, and was designed to celebrate the success of apprenticeships throughout UK industry.

Lymington-based Berthon Boat Company is no stranger to award ceremonies. This year also saw its success at the BMF Training Awards, where the company was named winners of the BMF Company Learning and Development Award. Berthon has been training apprentices for more than 100 years, during which time it has not only produced generations of skilled marine workers, but also helped to make sure that marine skills are being maintained throughout the industry.

Brian May, Managing Director at Berthon said:

“Our business wouldn’t survive without apprentices and in these difficult times the Government support we receive is vital to enable us to continue offering Apprenticeship places. Whilst we fully support the Apprenticeship programme and have doubled our intake this year I am especially pleased that we have twelve further places to provide more opportunities for supply line businesses to commence training in the marine industry from next year.”

The Awards recognise and celebrate the hard work, commitment and achievements of apprentices and employers who drive business performance and productivity with apprentices.

Sarah Dhanda, BMF Director of Business Development said:

“As members of the British Marine Federation (BMF), I have a close working relationship with the team at Berthon. They thoroughly deserve this award, and all the previous attention they have been receiving as a result of this exemplary apprenticeship scheme. We are delighted that the marine industry is being rewarded for its excellence in the training sector.”

Awards presenter Matt Dawson said on the awards:

“It’s a real honour to be involved in this year’s national Apprenticeship Awards. It has been truly inspiring. I believe Apprenticeships are tremendously important to Britain’s future. They unlock talent and provide a viable, alternative route for individuals to pursue a career and gain personal and professional satisfaction.

“No one knows more than me just how important training is to help you bring your A-game to the pitch. These winners have shown that they are not only true team players but they really are at the top of their game in their respective areas.”