RNLI apprenticeship schemes

Why choose the RNLI?

As an RNLI apprentice, you will be part of an amazing lifesaving organisation. With an apprenticeship, you can earn a salary and gain a recognised qualification while acquiring valuable workplace skills and experience in your chosen career.

We will invest in your training and development. We will also provide you with a supportive environment in which you can build yourself career opportunities for the future.

You will receive a comprehensive induction into the organisation, and youíll get full support from your line manager and mentor.

The RNLI was been recognised for the quality of its apprenticeship programmes with an Employer Award from the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights in 2014, and the Apprenticeships 4 England Gold Employer Award for 2016.

Mechanical/Marine Engineering Apprenticeship in Scotland

We are currently looking for a highly motivated individual to undertake a four year engineering technician apprenticeship with the RNLI at the Scottish Regional Base located in Perth.

The apprenticeship will commence in September 2017 and will involve study at Perth College, attending specific technical courses at the RNLI College in Poole, and working alongside experienced technicians on all classes of lifeboat and associated plant throughout Scotland and occasionally other parts of the UK and Ireland.

You will learn about assembling, installing, repairing, modifying, diagnosing and maintaining different types of marine engines and associated drive systems. Additionally, you will learn about electrical, electronic, hydraulic and auxiliary systems, as installed in various classes of lifeboats. You will also gain experience working on our large fleet of launch equipment and lifeguard support equipment, which includes patrol vehicles, personal watercraft, and quad bikes.

When not studying at college, the role often requires you to work away from home at lifeboat stations and other RNLI facilities. This can involve travelling significant distances, and working away for up to five days at a time. You will need to consider this carefully, as it is an integral part of the role and you must be committed to this pattern of working. You will work with an experienced technician and all subsistence expenses are covered by the RNLI during this time.

To apply for this apprenticeship you will need to hold at least three National 5s (Standard Grade Credit or above) or equivalent, including maths, English and science.

If you are interested in this exceptional opportunity, then apply now.

Marine Engineering, Electrical and Boatbuilding Apprenticeships in Poole

Do you have a passion for engineering or boatbuilding? If so, we are currently recruiting apprentices for the following trades at our All-Weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole:

  • Mechanic
    During your apprenticeship, you will learn about: assembling, installing, repairing, modifying, diagnosing and maintaining all aspects of mechanical equipment and systems.
  • Electrical
    During your apprenticeship, you will learn about: assembling, installing, repairing, modifying, diagnosing and maintaining all types of electrical equipment and systems.
  • Electronics
    During your apprenticeship, you will learn about: assembling, installing, repairing, modifying, diagnosing and commissioning all types of electronic equipment and systems.
  • Boat Builder
    During your apprenticeship, you will gain job specific skills such as: learning to understand engineering drawings, lofting to build plug and moulds, understanding of composite materials, assembling, installation, repairing, modifying, and maintaining.

If you are interested in any of these exciting opportunities then apply now.

Marketing Apprenticeships

Our marketing team generates funds and raises awareness to keep the lifesaving and prevention work sustainable. Whether itís working on our Youth Stormforce membership, or helping to organise an event, the variety and exposure to award-winning marketing and fundraising campaigns is second to none.

Starting in September, this 2 year apprenticeship would suit a highly motivated individual who is looking to begin a career in Marketing. You will gain exposure to the end-to-end marketing and communication process. You must be qualified to A-level standard or Level 2 Business Administration, have excellent communication skills, and be prepared for a challenge.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, then apply now.

IT Apprenticeship

Are you proactive with an analytical mind, willing to help and learn, and able to think on your feet? If so, then our IT Service Desk apprenticeship could be just the role for you.

You will be part of a small team providing assistance with a range of software, hardware, network and website issues. Starting in September, this 18 month apprenticeship would suit a highly motivated individual who is looking to begin a career in IT. You will be based at our Headquarters in Poole and must be qualified to A-level standard, have excellent communication skills, and be prepared for a challenge.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, then apply now.