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Apprenticeships

At the TSA we promote and support two level 3 apprenticeship schemes. The first is the Boatmaster Apprenticeship and the second is the Maritime Engineering Apprenticeship. 

The TSA supports both employers and apprentices throughout. We do this by working with employers to develop the apprenticeships, by helping to attract suitable apprentices and we help with the management of the apprenticeship programmes working closely with the trainers.

TSA works to raise the profile of the industry and of apprenticeships. We also provide continued support to apprentices by offering insights into working on the Thames such as site visits to others on the Thames such as the PLA’s Harbour Service Launch and the London Fire Brigade.  We also provide support for female apprentices through the Women on the Water network to encourage a peer network.

The TSA Apprenticeship scheme was launched in 2017, hear why the scheme is a win-win for employers and apprentices.

The Boatmaster Apprenticeship

The TSA, working with employers, has developed a new Boatmaster Apprenticeship which was approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships in November 2019. www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/boatmaster/

This Government-funded apprenticeship, which has a value of £24,000 per person, is open to all employers who work on the river. The two-year apprenticeship covers the curriculum set out in the BML syllabus and the Inland Waterways diploma, as well as additional skills including leadership requested by employers. 

 

The Maritime Engineering Apprenticeship

When it comes to the maritime engineering apprenticeship, the TSA has been working
with South Essex College to set up this apprenticeship to meet the needs of river employers.

This is the first time such a bespoke course has been provided on the Thames for decades.

This Level 3 four-year, one day a week apprenticeship, worth £26,000 per person, provides
very practical engineering skills, with specialist skills chosen in years 3 and 4
as a mechanical fitter, electrical fitter or maritime fabricator. 

How to find out more

Apprenticeship types and qualifications 
At the TSA we promote and support two different level 3 apprenticeship schemes. The first is the Boatmaster Apprenticeship and the second is the Maritime Engineering Apprenticeship. Find out more about qualifications and syllabus.

Enrolment and participating companies 
Find out how to join the apprenticeship scheme and see the list of employers already signed up to the scheme. 

Financial support - the best time to hire an apprentice is now 
The best time to hire an apprentice is now! Government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) heavily supports your investment and additional support is available until 31st March 2021.

Feedback from apprentices and employers
This apprenticeship scheme, created by TSA and members is all about keeping traditions alive, creating jobs and supporting the Watermen of the future. Hear what employers and apprentices have to say.

Top 5 FAQ on apprenticeships 
The top 5 FAQ provide a good overview on

  1. Schemes and qualifications
  2. Costs
  3. Time allocation 
  4. Requirements for attendees
  5. Apprentices' wages while learning 

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Contact us 

For more information please contact the Thames Skills Academy via email training@thamesacademy.london, admin@thamesacademy.london or call 01322 917 551. 

Companies who have taken on apprentices on the TSA apprenticeship schemes:

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