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RNLI offers two apprenticeships on the Isle of Wight

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has two four-year apprenticeship vacancies at its Inshore Lifeboat Centre, a centre for excellence for the building and maintenance of rigid, inflatable lifeboats on the Isle of Wight, to start in September 2016.

The two apprenticeships offered are for a mechanic and a boat builder and the apprentices will be working on all classes of lifeboat and associated plant machinery working alongside experienced technicians.
The mechanic apprentice will learn about assembling, installing, repairing, modifying, diagnosing and maintaining all aspects of mechanical equipment and systems. The boat builder apprentice will gain an understanding of engineering drawings and composite materials, skills in lofting to build plug and moulds, assembling, installation, repairing, modifying and maintaining.

Lynne Mason, Apprenticeship Manager said: ‘Our award-winning apprenticeship scheme ensures that the apprentice and their performance is our main focus. This is a fantastic opportunity for somebody who is looking to develop their skills in boat building or mechanics.

‘It’s brilliant that the RNLI have been recognised for the hard work and commitment of all the people involved in our apprenticeship programmes, from our managers, HR Business Partners and mentors to the apprentices themselves who are fantastic ambassadors for the RNLI.’

The RNLI has been offering apprenticeships for nearly 20 years. The charity currently has 24 apprentices and has also begun to offer apprenticeships in other areas of the business as well as engineering and asset management.

The RNLI’s apprenticeship scheme has been recognised by Apprenticeships 4 England in their annual Training Provider and Apprenticeship Employer Awards. The RNLI won gold in the category for employers with 751 to 5,000 staff.
The closing date for apprenticeship applications is the 8th of April and candidates can apply on the website:


Notes to editors
• The photograph is of Nico Paonessa, a third year apprentice fitter working at the Inshore Lifeboat Centre (ILC) on the Isle of Wight. He was recently named as the RNLI’s most improved apprentice of the year. Please credit photos to RNLI.
• During the four years the apprentice will attend day release at the RNLI’s College provider.
• Applicants are only required to complete one application indicating which trade/s they would like to be considered for.
• Interview date is 2 June 2016.
• Minimum criteria for the role is educated to GCSE or equivalent level C including Maths, English and Science or evidence of predicted grades. An acceptable pass in a training provider assessment is also required.  Please note the apprentice may be required to attend College assessment between 11 April and 13 May 2016.
• The RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat Centre manufactures and maintains the Inshore Lifeboat fleet to the highest standards to survive the harshest of sea conditions. Just like RNLI crews, their work and attention to detail is vital for saving lives at sea.
• The Apprenticeships 4 England Awards celebrate the achievements of those who have exceeded expectations, demonstrated initiative and enterprise, innovation and creativity, and shown commitment to the improvement of skills development in the delivery of apprenticeships. 

Media contacts
For more information please contact Evie Prescott, Communications Student Placement, on 01202 336511 or by email on or the RNLI Press Office on 01202336789 or by email at

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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