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RNLI apprenticeships grow as charity celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI celebrates the 10th anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week with a selection of apprentices doing a job swap with members of the Executive Team for a day.

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Stirling Taylor, RNLI Apprentice Boatbuilder

The RNLI has offered apprenticeships for the last two decades, providing various apprenticeship opportunities in marine engineering, boat building, electrical, marketing, legal, and IT in Poole and on the Isle of Wight.

Last year, the RNLI became the first charity in England to offer apprenticeships with their legal team. This year, the RNLI continues to grow its apprenticeship scheme with the launch of the Coastal Maintenance apprenticeship in Perth, Scotland. At the end of this new four year apprenticeship with the RNLI, the apprentice will be qualified as a Systems Technician.

Vacancies for a variety of apprenticeships offered by the RNLI will go live during National Apprentice Week, which is also Scottish Apprenticeship Week, both beginning on 6 March.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week, the RNLI has organised a work shadowing scheme between RNLI apprentices and senior members of staff at the RNLI. The scheme will see apprentices teamed up with senior managers at the RNLI, where apprentices and senior managers will spend time shadowing each other, so both can gain an insight into the other’s role and what their day to day job looks like.

Lynne Mason, Apprenticeship Manager for the RNLI said: ‘We’re really excited for the job shadowing to take place, it is an excellent opportunity for apprentices and senior managers to see what life is like in each other’s shoes, and will give our apprentices some excellent experience outside of their role.

‘We’re really proud of our apprentices here at the RNLI, proud to have had such a successful scheme running for nearly two decades and proud to see it keep growing and providing even more opportunities for young people who are gaining the skills we need to help us save more lives at sea.’

Apprentices at the RNLI can start at different ages depending on the apprenticeship they’re applying for. Stirling Taylor, Apprentice Boatbuilder for the RNLI, said: ‘Every day of my apprenticeship is varied. Working here really feels like being part of a family, I feel really supported here.’

Notes to Editors

· Vacancies go live during National Apprenticeship Week 2017 and Scottish Apprenticeship Week, both beginning 6 March.

· This is the first time the RNLI has offered apprenticeships in Scotland

· The RNLI has offered apprenticeships for the last 20 years

· Additional RNLI apprentice case studies are available

· High res images available

Media Contacts

For more information, please contact Jennifer Clough, RNLI Press Officer, on 01202 336194 or 07393 763780 or by email at jennifer_clough@rnli.org.uk.

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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