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The article below outlines a new apprenticeship scheme in the UK – we’d be interested to know of anything similar across the North Sea..

British Marine Federation submits boatbuilding standard for Apprenticeship Trailblazers

23 February 2015

Government scheme focusses on employer led standards and assessments.

Apprenticeships are set to change, so British Marine Federation members are taking the lead in the Government’s third round of the Trailblazer scheme.  Employers are designing apprenticeships to meet the needs of their industries, making sure people have the right skills to get on in the workplace.  The Government’s aim is to replace all current apprenticeships by 2016/17 with the new employer led standards and assessments.

A new Boatbuilding, Refit & Repair apprenticeship is being developed to produce a Trailblazer apprenticeship which will be co-ordinated by the British Marine Federation (BMF).

Amanda Simpson, Training and Events Manager at the BMF, commented: “We have reached the first milestone in the project by submitting the new proposed Boat building apprenticeship standard to the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS).  All the companies involved in the Trailblazer working group and consultation agreed the standard which includes skills, knowledge and behaviours the new apprenticeship will cover.”

The group is led by BMF member Berthon Boat Company and includes leading boatbuilding companies including Sunseeker International, Green Marine, RNLI, Pioneer Sailing Trust, Princess Yachts, Pendennis Shipyard, Broom Boats, English Harbour Yachts, Windboats and Cockwells.

Once the standard is approved by BIS the next step is to design an assessment plan that will assess the apprentices. The BMF has secured some funding from the Gatsby Foundation to help with the assessment plan stage.

In time the standard will replace the current boatbuilding pathways and therefore it is important for all companies involved in boatbuilding refit & repair to input their thoughts on this new apprenticeship.  To get involved contact Amanda Simpson at

Taken from British Marine Federation Newsletter, 19 February 2015

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