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

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....

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