National charity the RNLI have five openings in Poole and two on the Isle of Wight whilst luxury yacht makers Sunseeker have announced they will be creating 28 positions at their Poole manufacturing centre during the year.
Lynne Mason from the RNLI said,
“apprenticeships are really important to us. They are there to help us get the workforce we will need for the future, filling critical roles, as well as provide career opportunities for young people.”
Addressing concerns about predicted skill shortages in the future, Ms Mason said they are particularly focusing on engineering apprenticeships, “to build lifeboats and maintain our lifeboat fleet”.
Meanwhile Sunseeker will be launching a range of apprenticeships in areas including marine engineering, electrical and carpentry.
Alex Bowman from Sunseeker said that the announcement, “underlines our commitment to enabling young people in the local community to kick-start an exciting and rewarding career in the marine sector”.
Anthony Jenkins applied for an apprenticeship at Bournemouth based company Cobham Plc as his school did not offer A Levels in the subjects he was interested in. He says, “apprenticeships have a massive benefit because you can gain a huge amount of work experience from within the industry and make vital career path choices based on experience”.
Apprenticeships with Sunseeker are run in partnership with Bournemouth and Poole college who organise many of the opportunities in the local area. The college is running a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) employer event on Thursday 17th March as part of the apprenticeship week.
National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
An interactive map of national events can be viewed here.