Build a lifesaving career with the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is announcing its new apprenticeship vacancies today, coinciding with the launch of the government’s 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week.
The charity is also offering the chance to join its editorial team as a Junior Content Producer, which would include the opportunity to write for its supporter magazine Lifeboat, read by approximately 190,000 people.
The RNLI has been offering apprenticeship opportunities for approximately 30 years at its Inshore Lifeboat Centre on the Isle of Wight and, more recently, at its All-Weather Lifeboat Centre and headquarters in Poole, with many of the apprentices going on to get permanent jobs with the organisation.
Successful applicants will join the RNLI’s 49 existing apprentices, who include trainee Solicitors, IT apprentices, Marketing apprentices, as well as Marine Technicians specialising in Boat Building, Electrical, Electronics, and Mechanical.
‘It’s been great being involved in the different stages of producing a lifeboat, and learning what goes on behind the scenes to help save lives at sea. It’s a real privilege working on some of the most state-of-the-art lifeboats in the world, and knowing that these will go on to help save lives.’
Lynne Mason, Apprenticeship and Early Careers Manager for the RNLI, said, ‘Apprenticeships are really important for the RNLI, and have proven their value to us for nearly three decades. Our apprentices bring with them new ideas and fresh perspectives.
‘Our apprenticeships offer opportunities to those starting their careers, and those looking for a career change, as well as providing people with the opportunities and skills they need to help us continue saving lives at sea. Apprenticeships are also a good opportunity to help develop our existing staff, and this is something we hope to explore further once our pilot programmes have completed.’
Last year, the RNLI began piloting a new Project Management apprenticeship, and a Facilities Management apprenticeship, for existing staff – demonstrating the charity’s commitment to professional development.
Apprenticeship vacancies go live on RNLI.org/Apprenticeships on 4 March, to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week.
Notes to editors
· High-resolution photos of RNLI apprentice Boatbuilder Eoin O’Connor, and inside the charity’s All-Weather Lifeboat Centre (where successful applicants to the charity’s Marine Technician apprenticeships vacancies will be working) attached.
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Key facts about the RNLI
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.