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Apprentice FAQs

Q: How do I become an apprentice?

A: Marine sector Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 and above. The scheme is demanding, and many companies expect you to have at least four GCSEs at grade C or above. These will ideally be related to STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

A Levels will also give you a solid foundation and help steer you into your area of interest. For example, you could take a physics A Level, embark on an Apprenticeship in mechanical, electrical or hydraulic engineering, and then focus on marine application.

General route apprenticeships are also encouraged such as business administration, finance, operational, marketing and pr. Many companies expect you to have at least four GCSEs at grade C or above and an interest in the industry.

Q: How long does an Apprenticeship take?

A: It depends on which one you choose, but all Apprenticeships require you to complete at least 585 hours of learning, which takes place both on and off the job. The average marine Apprenticeship takes three to four years, but this is only an indicator. In reality, it will depend on your scheme and your own rate of progress. For a general apprenticeship this can last from one year to three years.

Q: What skills do I need?

A: You’ll need good practical skills, good concentration levels and a ‘roll up your sleeves’ attitude. And it’s vital that you can communicate well with people around you and show the right behaviors which are essential in the workplace.