Boatbuilder Level 3 Apprenticeship at RNLI College

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Boatbuilder Level 3 Apprenticeship

Our lifeboat crews and lifeguards need a dedicated, professional and talented team behind them to give them lifesaving equipment that will stand up to the most ferocious weather around the UK and Ireland. In 2015 we completed the build of the All-weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC) in Poole so that we can manufacture and maintain lifeboats to the highest of standards. We have now brought our entire All-weather lifeboat refit activity in house after the success of transferring Shannon Class lifeboat production into the ALC. We now have predictable work for years to come.

This is an exceptional opportunity for four highly motivated individuals to undertake a four-year apprenticeship at the All-weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC) in Poole, commencing in September 2021. Our apprentices work alongside experienced Technicians on all classes of Lifeboat and associated plant.  

We are currently seeking four apprentices across 3 different trades (marine electrical, boat building and mechanical) but you are only required to complete one application form indicating which trade/s you would like to be considered for. During the four-year programme, you will work towards completing the new style standards-based apprenticeship. You will attend Bournemouth & Poole College for your off-the-job training.

During your apprenticeship you will:

  • Understanding engineering drawings
  • Lofting to build plug and moulds
  • Understanding of composite materials
  • Assembling
  • Installation
  • Repairing
  • Modifying
  • Maintaining

Training to be provided

  • Boatbuilder advanced level 3

Desired skills

  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills

Personal qualities

  • Driving improvement
  • Administration
  • Working with people
  • Managing 
  • Commercial awareness
  • Leadership
  • Willingness to learn 
  • Passionate about marine industries 
  • Adaptable 
  • Team player

Desired qualifications

  • Qualifications required Essential - Educated to GCSE level (or equivalent), grade 4/C or above (incl. maths, English and science) or evidence of predicted grades. Acceptable pass in training provider assessment

Future prospects

  • Progression or higher level

Things to consider

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

About RNLI College

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the largest charity that saves lives at sea around the coasts of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, as well as on some inland waterways. There are numerous other lifeboat services operating in the same area.

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