NWA launches workboat apprenticeship to combat crewing challenges

NWA launches workboat apprenticeship to combat crewing challenges

Workboat Crewmember Apprenticeship developed by the National Workboat Association (NWA) finalised, funded, and ready to train next generation of UK workboat crews


8th August 2018 – The National Workboat Association (NWA), the safety standards, skills and trade association for the workboat industry, has announced that the Workboat Crewmember Apprenticeship standard has been finalised, paving the way for the scheme to be rolled out this summer by training providers across England and Wales. 


The development of the Apprenticeship comes in response to a growing skills and crewing challenge highlighted by NWA members and the wider maritime sector, as experienced seafarers leave the industry, often for retirement, and numbers of young people entering the industry have fallen. It will ensure that young UK seafarers benefit from the opportunities being created in the thriving Workboat sector – training as the next generation of offshore wind crew transfer, tug, multicat, survey and fast pilot vessel crew.


The Workboat Crewmember Standard and end-point assessment have already been published, and this month, the final piece of the jigsaw fell into place when the Minister for Education confirmed an Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) recommended funding band of £20,000 per Apprentice (aged 24 and younger). This is the most significant funding that has ever been available for training workboat crewmembers.


This will mean that those companies in England and Wales already paying the Apprenticeship Levy can claim £20,000 funding per apprentice, while smaller companies not paying the levy are entitled to 90% of this figure. 


The 18-24 month Apprenticeship, which includes all SCTW Basic Safety Courses and the Navigational Watch Rating, among other qualifications, will equip would-be seafarers with all of the skills necessary to work as a competent deckhand. Combining shore-based instruction with extensive time on board, it will ensure that successful apprentices are well-placed to meet the requirements of a number of highly-specialised maritime sectors. 


“Following a lot of work by the Trailblazer Working Group, the NWA Training group and our contacts at the IfA, we’re very pleased that the Apprenticeship is now finalised and – crucially – has secured a good level of funding support,” said Mark Ranson, Secretary, NWA.


“This Apprenticeship offers a standardised, high-quality programme, endorsed by the NWA, to drive training initiatives for the next generation of workboat crews.”


“It will contribute to a steady influx of trained personnel to support workboat operations in a range of marine industries throughout the UK and Europe, such as construction of offshore wind farms, servicing of ports and inland waterways, surveying, towage and salvage work.”


With the details now in place, training providers including 54 North Maritime and Red Ensign are drawing up plans to run courses for the Apprenticeship over the coming months, with 54 North Maritime starting their first intake on 28th August. For more information on these schemes, contact the Training Providers direct. 


·      54 North Maritime – 01947 602098 / info@54northmaritime.co.uk

·      Red Ensign Training – 01983 294088 / apprenticeship@redensigntraining.com


The full scope of the Workboat Crewmember Apprenticeship can be found on the IfA website: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/workboat-crewmember/


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About the National Workboat Association 


The National Workboat Association (NWA) is the safety standards, skills and trade association for the workboat industry.


Since its inception in 1994, the NWA has acted as a crucial point of liaison between its membership and key regulatory and industry bodies, such as the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). It has also driven the creation of safety, technical and best practice standards, provided a unifying platform for industry lobbying and debate, and delivered industry-recognised training and certification opportunities.


Core achievements include the introduction and subsequent revision of the MCA Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Small Workboats – the “Workboat Code” – which acts as the recognised Technical Standard for UK workboats and has formed the basis for numerous international codes.


The NWA has a membership base of over 80 UK and European workboat owners and operators, collectively representing over 550 operational vessels.


To find out more about the NWA, visit the website at: http://www.workboatassociation.org/ 



2018-08-08 09:00:00.0

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