A Hampshire apprentice is joining apprentices from around the country who are being recognised for their contribution to creating some of England’s finest and most well-respected exports and goods.
The ‘Made by apprentices’ project, which is being launched during National Apprenticeship Week (11-15 March), sees the talents of apprentices who work for employers as diverse as Cadbury’s and Siemens, celebrated as they are asked for the very first time to put their names on their handiwork. Apprentices from manufacturer Rolls Royce, bridal wear company Sassi Holford and BAE Systems are among those who have each made a little piece of history by signing their names on a top of the range car engine, the latest designer wedding gown and a state of the art submarine.
Jack Hughes, 21 from Berthon Boat Co Ltd flew the flag for Lymington, Hampshire, by signing his name on the West Solent One design yacht ‘Ripple’ originally built at Berthon in 1925 that he is restoring with his fellow apprentices. Jack engraved his name on a boat frame to show his contribution to the project, making this product truly unique.
Jack is in his fourth year of his Advanced Apprenticeship as a Shipwright and he used a trimmer to engrave his name. Jack gained City and Guilds Level Two and Level Three boat building qualifications as well as NVQ Level 3. This is a unique opportunity for the apprentices to learn traditional boat building skills and the project should take a year to complete.
Speaking at the signing, Jack Hughes said: “I’m delighted to represent the many fantastic goods and services which are Made by apprentices in Hampshire. I’ve done many jobs on this project so far including cutting out and removing deck beams, making templates and replacing rotten or damaged frames, this has been a great training exercise for me and I’ve learnt a lot about traditional skills to supplement the modern techniques I have mastered during the rest of my Apprenticeship.”
Brain May, managing director at Berthon Boat Co Ltd, who was also at the signing said:“Ripple was designed and built at Berthon some ninety years ago during my grandfather’s tenure at the helm, and I am proud to mix this historical aspect of the business with modern apprenticeships. The boat will have been originally built with apprentice hands and therefore whilst we carry on training traditional techniques and skills, Jack has also been trained in other modern materials such as GRP and the more exotic composite technologies such as carbon fibre and kevlar; whilst it marries the old with the new, it reinforces how relevant and vital apprentice training is still.”
Keith Longman, yard manager at Berthon Boat Co Ltd added “Apprentices are the back bone of the company’s success, providing this family owned and run business with sustainable growth. Training and retaining apprentices is the key to our strategy of having the right skills to service our customers’ needs and we also benefit from the loyalty of the workforce we have trained.”
As National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, other employers are being encouraged to follow suit by getting their apprentices to make their mark on the goods or services they produce and post their pictures via Twitpic using the hashtags#Madebyapprentices and #NAW2013.
Mark Howard, South Divisional Area Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “Apprentices are vital to businesses up and down the country, so it’s great to see them getting the recognition they deserve and giving them the chance to put their own stamp on some of Britain’s most iconic products. National Apprenticeship Week is a chance for employers to celebrate how Apprenticeships deliver for their business and I would encourage more to post or tweet pictures of their own goods or services which are Made by apprentices.”
To view some of the many other goods and services which are Made by Apprentices in England please visit the Prime Minister’s Pinterest Page where the images are being collated.
Find more details about Berthon apprenticeships here, or for more information running a successful apprenticeship programme please contact Brian May.
For more information or to arrange an interview with Berthon Boat Co Ltd or a National Apprenticeship spokesperson, please contact Sarah Colombini on 07731 462451 or Sarah.firstname.lastname@example.org