Funding Available to Underwrite the Cost of Two Apprentices from the Shipwrights Ark Appeal
Published on 23/8/2012
BMF member company, Berthon Boat Company Ltd have run a partnership apprentice scheme for many years and together with the Shipwright wish to mentor and roll out this scheme into smaller marine companies and in particular those companies who have never taken on apprentices before. This will not only encourage young people to enter the marine sector but also give marine companies the springboard to take on apprentices.
The Shipwrights Ark Appeal seeks to underwrite the first year wages (approximately £8500, less any direct Government incentive per student) of a four year course. Many companies in the sector have been reluctant to take on apprentices due to the perceived cost particularly in year one.
The first year is generally cash negative for a business and therefore the funding overcomes the largest hurdle companies face when evaluating the risks associated with taking on youngsters. Furthermore, help is provided with the interview process, wage rates, contractual, administration and mentoring processes, such that by the end of the first year real benefits are seen by the company.
There are currently 2 places remaining for Marine companies in the South East for this year and it is hoped to spread the scheme nationwide next year.
For further details and to register your interest please contact Brian May at Berthon Boat Company Ltd at firstname.lastname@example.org