Berthon Boat Company

Berthon Boat Company

Brockenhurst College has provided us with a bespoke training package for our Apprentices. The College is supporting the further development of our programme, and we will continue to support them however we can.

What are the main benefits the apprenticeship scheme has brought to your business?

“Berthon has trained Apprentices for over 100 years, so we fully understand that apprenticeships are vital to our business.  Our highly skilled workers get huge satisfaction from passing on their knowledge and skills to the younger generation, who themselves bring fresh impetus, ideas and enthusiasm to the company.  Having this in-built supply chain ensures we have the right skills in the right place at the right time to support our clients’ needs.”

Please describe the support you and your apprentice have received from Brock:

“Brockenhurst College has provided us with a bespoke training package for our Apprentices.  The College is supporting the further development of our programme, and we will continue to support them however we can.”

How does the scheme aid your long-term human resources strategy?

“Apprenticeships are key to the long-term future and success of our company.  Having an in-house apprenticeship programme ensures we are training for our business needs. As an Apprentice moves through his/her training they become an integral part of their department. More than 90% of our Apprentice graduates are offered full-time roles with the company post-apprenticeship. With a far more transient workforce in the UK going forward, it is important to train and look after Apprentices well to encourage loyalty.”

What advice would you give to a fellow employer who is thinking about getting an Apprentice?

Apprentices are vital to the success of a company.  Skills are at a premium, and if you grow your own skilled workforce you will have a team that understands how your business works.