Lifesaving charity launches new apprenticeship in Wales

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is launching its first apprenticeship in Wales, to be based in St Asaph, Denbighshire. 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 Apprenticeship Week, the RNLI is launching its first apprenticeship opportunity in Wales, 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 Wales 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 St Asaph, it will also involve working away at lifeboat stations and other RNLI locations.

Helen McKinnon, RNLI Systems Technician Apprentice 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 Systems Technician apprenticeship in Scotland last year, we are looking forward to launching this exciting new role in Wales, which will be the first apprenticeship the RNLI has offered in Wales. 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 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

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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