The UK government has fulfilled its commitment to starting two million apprenticeships in this Parliament, highlighting the role of apprenticeships in giving people the skills they need to get on and in supporting businesses of all sizes to grow their talent. The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, announced 22 new employer-designed apprenticeships in professions, comprising boatbuilding.
The employers, who are part of the government’s trailblazer scheme, design apprenticeships to meet the needs of their industries making sure people have the right skills to get on in the world of work. Within this scheme, a new boatbuilding apprenticeship is being developed by employers working together to design standards in their occupations and sectors.
Co-ordinated by the British Marine Federation (BMF), the employer led group to encourage apprentices in the marine industry is led by Berthon Boat Company. BMF member companies taking part include Sunseeker International, Princess Yachts, Pioneer Sailing Trust, Pendennis Shipyard, Fairline Boats, Broom Boats, Green Marine, English Harbour Yachts, RNLI, Windboats and Cockwells.
The Business Secretary said: “Reaching the two millionth apprenticeship is testament to this government’s commitment to apprenticeships and employers are a shining example of how apprenticeships give young people the chance to start a career and give businesses the talent to grow.
“This isn’t just about numbers. From space engineering, to TV production, to boatbuilding, apprenticeships are the ticket to a great job and a route employers trust to access the skills they need.”