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Lifesaving charity launches new apprenticeship in Cornwall

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is launching its first apprenticeship in Cornwall, to be based in Saltash. Applications open this week.

RNLI Marketing Apprentice Lauren (left) being helped by Laura, who finished her marketing apprenticeship with the RNLI last year.

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RNLI Marketing Apprentice Lauren (left) being helped by Laura, who finished her marketing apprenticeship with the RNLI last year.

Coinciding with National Apprenticeship Week, the RNLI is launching its first apprenticeship opportunity in Cornwall, following the success of a similar apprenticeship launched in Scotland last year.

The RNLI has offered apprenticeships for the past two decades, providing various opportunities in marine engineering, marketing, legal and IT in Poole (Dorset), the Isle of Wight, and more recently in Perth (Scotland).

The new apprenticeship being offered in Cornwall is a four year Systems Technician Apprenticeship. The successful candidate will get to work on the RNLI’s large fleet of lifeboats, launch equipment and lifeboat support equipment which includes patrol vehicles, jet-skis and quad bikes. Although the apprenticeship is based in Saltash, it will also involve working away at lifeboat stations and other RNLI locations.

Helen McKinnon, RNLI Apprentice Systems Technician said, ‘I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship. I like that it is really varied and no day is the same.’

Lynne Mason, Apprenticeship Manager for the RNLI, said ‘After the launch of the apprenticeship in Scotland last year, we are looking forward to launching this exciting new role in Saltash which will be the first apprenticeships the RNLI has offered in this location. We’re really proud of our apprentices here at the RNLI, and we’re thrilled to be able to continue to grow our apprenticeship schemes to provide more opportunities for anyone starting out on their career, looking for a career change or returning to work.’

Notes for editors:

· Vacancies go live on during National Apprenticeship Week 2018, beginning 5th March.

· The following RNLI apprentice case studies are available: Helen McKinnon (Systems Technician apprentice), Lauren Poole (RNLI Marketing Apprentice), Joe Fulcher (RNLI IT apprentice) and Ashley Day (former RNLI IT apprentice who progressed to a role on the charity's IT Service Desk), and Laura Croxson (former RNLI Marketing apprentice who recently completed her apprenticeship and progressed to become a RNLI Marketing Executive).

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Systems Technician Apprentice Helen at work

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Systems Technician Apprentice Helen at work

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 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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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland