Marine Apprenticeships

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution

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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 are now in the process of bringing our entire All-weather lifeboat refit activity in house after the success of transferring Shannon Class lifeboat production in to the ALC. Once this transfer of refits is complete we will move to steady state with predicable work for years to come.

This is an exceptional opportunity for six highly motivated individuals to undertake a four year apprenticeship at the All-weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC) in Poole, commencing in September 2018. Our apprentices work alongside experienced Technicians on all classes of Lifeboat and associated plant.  

We are currently seeking six 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 both a Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeship. For the marine electrical and mechanical apprenticeships you will attend Bournemouth & Poole College for your off-the-job training, and for boat building apprenticeships you will attend City College Southampton.

You will need to hold at least three GCSEs (grade 4 or above, or equivalent) including Maths, English and Science.  If you successfully pass the first round of shortlisting you will be required to attend a college assessment centre. The relevant college will contact you to advise you of the exact date but it is expected that it will be between 10 April and 5 May 2018.

If you successfully complete the college assessments, and pass the second round of shortlisting, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre at the RNLI Headquarters in Poole in during May 2018.

Please see below for further information on our different trades.

Apprentice – Electrical

During your apprenticeship you will learn about assembling, installing, repairing, modifying, diagnosing and maintaining all types of electrical equipment and systems.

Apprentice – Boat Builder

During your apprenticeship you will gain job specific skills, understanding engineering drawings, lofting to build plug and moulds, understanding of composite materials, assembling, installation, repairing, modifying, maintaining.

Apprentice – Mechanic

During your apprenticeship you will learn about assembling, installing, repairing, modifying, diagnosing and maintaining all aspects of mechanical equipment and systems.

Come and join us to build your career at this centre of excellence and help save lives at sea.

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