Shipwright (Boat Builder) Apprentice BERTHON BOAT COMPANY LIMITED(THE)

If you feel you have the enthusiasm, drive and commitment to complete a 4-year apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in a top quality environment here at the Berthon’s Lymington shipyard.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 19 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £7.26 per hour (£15100.80 per annum) rising to £12.79 per hour (£26609.44 per annum) for a fourth year apprentice.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, days and times of shifts to be discussed at interview.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

  • A Berthon Shipwright apprentice will learn how to carry out boatbuilding repairs and fit-out onboard private luxury sail/ motor yachts and small commercial vessels, including Royal Navy vessels. You will learn how to carry out complex internal and external repairs on modern composite yachts. You will learn traditional wooden boatbuilding skills (frames, beams and planking), how to remove and fit teak decks or decking systems, how to modify engine beds, fit bulkheads and floors, install bow and stern thruster tunnels, make through hull penetrations and install skin fittings and make and fit head linings and interior joinery.

  • What you will do in your working day

    • Composite moulds

    • Complex composite hull repairs

    • Stern tubes/ engine beds/ line-ups

    • Keels and rudders

    • Teak decks

    • Deck fittings

    • Traditional wooden boatbuilding

    • Interior joinery

    • Fitting interior and exterior assemblies and components

    • Varnishing and finishing

    • Sea Trials

The training you will be getting

The training you will receive

  • Boatbuilder Level 3 apprenticeship standard

  • City and Guilds 2473 Level 2 and 3 in Boatbuilding

  • Sponsorship to complete Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

  • Manufacturers’ technical training

  • Student membership of IMarEST - the marine industry professional body


What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Berthon retains the overwhelming majority of its apprentice graduates. On successful completion of the apprenticeship the offer of a permanent skilled contract at skilled Level 1 with a current salary of £42099. Progression through 6 skilled levels and further training opportunities.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness, Practical Skills, Willing to learn, Commitment


GCSE or equivalent Minimum of 5 GCSEs including English & Maths (Grade 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Resistant Materials, Engineering or a Science (Grade 4 or above) Essential

Things to consider

Travel between employer and college must be arranged by apprentice. We reserve the right to close the vacancy at any point. As part of the application process, you will be required to apply direct to the Bournemouth & Poole College to book and attend an academic interview. For course details:

About the employer

Situated on the Lymington River, we have a wealth of services and facilities within our site. We have a wide range of new and used powerboats and yacht tenders. Specialising in Jeanneau powerboats, Zodiac and AB RIBs, inflatables and yacht tenders, Linder aluminium boats, Yamaha outboard engines, davit systems, Propguards, Rigiflex and much more. We work closely with our neighbours at Berthon Boats.




The Shipyard Bath Road



SO41 3YL

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard


Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

Complete an Application Form on Employers website.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 19 Apr 2024