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A Simple Guide to the Apprenticeship Levy for UK Maritime Industries

Did you know?

  1. The apprenticeship levy was implemented on 6th April 2017, to support the Government’s commitment to improving productivity by increasing the quantity and quality of apprenticeships and their commitment of 3 million apprentices by 2020
  2. All UK employers in the public and private sector with a pay bill of £3 million have to pay 0.5% on their annual pay bill into their levy fund
  3. From April 2019, the Government implemented two changes to the apprenticeship levy:
    • They increased the amount Levy payers can transfer of the unused levy fund to non-levy paying companies from 10% to 25%, which can be used to pay for training and assessment of new starters
    • They decreased the contribution non-levy payers have to pay for apprenticeships standards from 10% to 5%
  4. The Government will waive the co-investment requirement if you employ less than 50 employees and the apprentice is 16-18 years old or an eligible 19-24 year old (formerly in care or have an education and health care plan)
  5. If you recruit a 16-18 year old apprentice you will also receive a £1,000 incentive payment.  Paid in two halves at 3 and 12 months
  6. Apprenticeship are open to everyone, whether you are a school leaver, improving your current skill set or looking to retrain and start a new career

Sue Potter set up SPotter Talent as a consultancy with a vision to create learning cultures within business, and a mission to motivate, inspire and empower people to do things they never thought were possible.

With over 10 years’ experience in leading apprenticeship programmes, Sue is a strong advocate for apprenticeships, and wants to spread the word to non-levy payers that they can tap into the levy funding.

If you would like to find out how Sue can help your business, get in contact with her via email:, telephone 07486 073844 or via her website

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MBNA Thames Clippers turns 20

Proof that London should make more of the River Thames in its transport strategy. MBNA Thames Clippers has been on an incredible journey over the last two decades and come such a long way since they transported their first passengers back in 1999. This year they celebrated their 20th anniversary year and have grown to carry over 4 million passengers annually. Sean Collins, CEO and co-founder of MBNA Thames Clippers says: “I’m excited to celebrate Thames Clippers’ 20th anniversary and showcase how much the business has evolved from when it first started. I couldn’t be more proud to say that from that first day, two decades ago, when we operated with just one vessel, carrying 80 people from Greenland, we now carry 4.2 million passengers annually, and boast a fleet of 19 vessels with an extended network of 22 piers from East to West, plus more in the pipeline.

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Marine energy rides the tide in Wales

The Welsh Government announced their continued support to marine energy in Wales following the award of €14.9 million of EU funding for the next phase of Minesto’s tidal energy scheme in Holyhead Deep.

Marine Energy Wales welcomes the recent announcements from Minesto, Morlais and ORE Catapult as positive indicators of the growing Welsh industry.

Commenting on the increase in activity in Wales, David Jones, Project Director of Marine Energy Wales, said, “These new announcements show that the marine energy sector is continuing to grow in Wales, based on the Welsh Government’s commitment to developing a new low carbon industry. Whether the UK holds onto its global lead will ultimately depend on the UK Government’s ambition to support homegrown innovative technology and socio-economic activity in peripheral coastal regions.”

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Training at the heart of Seawork

This year’s Training and Careers Pavilion at Seawork International 2019, Southampton, 11-13 June 2019 is sponsored by Jobs in Maritime.

The Training and Careers Pavilion will offer a dedicated area for those looking to develop skills and learning. Seawork is always a “must visit” exhibition for young people looking to enter the commercial marine industry and anyone exploring new horizons in training, employment and education. Located in the Pacific Hall the Pavilion features a networking lounge and hub of related stands including Jobs in Maritime, Solent University, SeaRegs Training and You & Sea. Visitors can also follow the Maritime Training Trail, giving a pathway to further stands in the training and careers sector. Jobs in Maritime and  their training partners the Lloyds Maritime Academy and the National Maritime Training Centre, will all be showcasing the latest training opportunities in the Maritime sector on Stands T5, T6 and T7, in the Training & Careers pavilion and MC91 at the M&CCE Exhibition.

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National Maritime HSSMI Sponsors of the Innovation Showcase

The prestigious Innovations Showcase, which offers the latest in equipment, services, projects and vessels has a new sponsor, National Maritime HSSMI.

The Seawork feature gives exhibitors the chance to demonstrate the results of their hard work in research and development during the past year, with every entry in the Innovations Showcase being offered the chance to win the overall ‘Spirit of Innovation’ trophy, as well as awards in individual categories. An Award and Certificate of Commendation will be presented to the winner of each category.

National Maritime is the UK’s maritime business engagement group for industries influenced by the sea and waterways and HSSMI is a manufacturing innovation institute. Together they support UK maritime business through funding, expertise and talent.

National Maritime’s purpose is to serve and support the sectors micro, small and medium-sized business to help them grow and increase business. It promotes the UK as a world class location central to the country’s global maritime aspirations and works with those industries ambitious to drive trade, productivity and economic growth.

As an engineering consultancy, HSSMI focus on the advancement of sustainable manufacturing and supply chains by enabling the scale-up and introduction of innovative solutions and technologies.

The programmes to be promoted at Seawork by National Maritime HSSMI are

Consortex – led by Peter Green, Chief Executive at National Maritime

The Consortex project aims to form export consortia consisting of European interregional SMEs who specialise in the manufacture of certain built-in packages for marine vessels and structures (bridge, engine room, accommodation and deck) including offshore vessels, marine power plants, cruise ships, scientific vessels and naval. The project’s world market report identifies market opportunities across ship building; merchant, military, cruise ships, supply chains, specialisation and high tech niche opportunities, offshore platforms, renewable energy, environmental regulation and compliance.

HyDIME – led by Tristan Coats, Hydrogen Propulsion Engineer at HSSMI

Hydrogen Diesel Injection in a Marine Environment (HyDIME) is a twelve-month long project that aims to make waves in the marine industry by proving the safe integration and use of hydrogen on vessels. One of HyDIME’s goals is the design and physical integration of a hydrogen injection system on a commercial passenger and vehicle ferry which will be the first of its kind worldwide. The hydrogen used in the HyDIME project will be cleanly produced from renewable energy.

Intelligent Naval 4.0 (IN40) – led by Brais Carballedo, Virtual Reality and Process Simulation Technical Lead at HSSMI

The Intelligent Naval 4.0 (IN40) project aims to improve the competitiveness of naval sector companies through the adaptation of the traditional productive model towards the Industry 4.0, guaranteeing the sector’s endurance in an increasingly demanding market where technological innovation is a key factor of strategic advantage.

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See the latest Offshore Challenges posted on the new KTN- iX portal

Are you looking for new business opportunities for your technology? Do you have the radical technology needed by global players in rapidly growing sectors?

Find out what large innovation challenges these key players are facing and put forward disruptive solutions that your new and cutting edge technologies could deliver.

KTN-iX built by National Maritime partners the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK provides you with the opportunity to become directly linked to, or collaborate with, key industry stakeholders who are actively seeking the most innovative solutions to help them achieve their full potential. To view regular opportunities and have the chance to present one to one to a large customer who has a demand.

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‘Mind the Gap’ – Learning and Development an essential element of any successful maritime business

This edition Sue Potter the former Training and Development Manager of DP World and now Managing Director, S Potter Talent Limited writes about how Learning and Development (L&D) is an essential element of any successful maritime business.

If I said to you ‘Mind the Gap’, most of us will think of the famous announcement at certain London Underground stations, warning us of the gap from the train to the platform and to be careful when getting on and off the train.

If you relate this famous announcement to your business, in particular the skills within your teams, how aware are you on the skills your team members have? Do you know where the skill gaps are? Don’t just look at the skills required to carry out their role, also look at previous skills and experience they have gained throughout their career, and look at how these too can benefit and support the business needs in the short, mid and long term and assist in closing the identified gaps.

It is important to ensure you have a L&D strategy in place which includes succession planning for hard to recruit and critical roles within the business, especially whilst the marine industry doesn’t feature on the Government’s shortage occupation list, and the uncertainty of the effects Brexit will have on the available skills from the EU.

For L&D to be really effective it must support the needs of the business and be seen as a strategic partner. Now is the time to realise L&D is an essential element of any successful organisation. Investing in L&D helps organisations to manage change better, increase morale, attract and retain staff and improve the company’s competitive edge.

About Sue Potter

Sue Potter, Chartered FCIPD, Managing Director, S Potter Talent Limited and the former Training and Development Manager of DP World. With over 22 years’ experience of working as a Human Resources professional, Sue specialises in apprenticeships, talent development and recruitment strategies spanning financial, medical, oil & gas and container port sectors. She has over 10 years’ experience in leading apprenticeship programmes from creating, launching new schemes, remodelling existing ones, as well as rolling out mentoring programmes to support the apprentice on their journey. Sue has received accreditation from the appropriate professional body on all the schemes she has worked on.

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National Historic Ships UK are looking for people who are passionate about a career working on historic boats

SHTP 2 offers a total of sixteen bursaried 12-month training placements at eight partner sites around the UK between 2018-2020. The project will provide trainees with the opportunity to learn either the on-board specialist skills used in operating and maintaining historic sailing vessels, or the skills and ethical approaches related to museum shipkeeping.

Over a year, trainees will: take part in a three-week induction at a range of sites across Devon and Cornwall; complete a tailored course in traditional boat maintenance at the International Boatbuilding Training College in Lowestoft; and gain an understanding of historic vessel conservation based on the standards set down by NHS-UK.


Following on from the success of the first SHTP project, National Historic Ships UK launched a revised version of the training partnership in 2018. Building on the outcomes of SHTP, the project focuses on both the traditional seamanship skills necessary to operate and maintain historic vessels empathetically and effectively, and the practical skills required by museum ship-keepers in charge of vessel collections. The specific skills involved include traditional seamanship techniques, historic vessel maintenance and historic vessel conservation.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded a grant of £409,000 towards a total project cost of £424,900 for the project which will provide training, skills and experience in the historic ships sector.

Training placements

The project offers two training routes and successful applicants will be matched with one of our partner organisations, according to their preference.

Each placement will provide the skills and experience to help them seek a career within the maritime heritage sector. Trainees will also have the opportunity to visit other partner organisations to gain experience of both sailing and museum based vessels.

By the end of the year, trainees will have built up a record of operational, maintenance and conservation skills and will be able to gain certificates accredited by National Historic Ships UK.

Find out more about the two training routes and read about our partner organisations, where you can watch short films describing the experience a trainee will have at each site.


Trainees receive a bursary to cover living expenses whilst on the program of £1000 per month. All other costs including professional training at IBTC, the induction sea school and travel to rotations or other programme activities are funded as part of the project .

Apply for a trainee placement

We welcome applications from all and particularly those groups which research has indicated are currently under-represented in the historic ships sector. These include young people aged 18-30, women and BAME groups. .

For more information please visit our application portal.

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Have fun this Easter – Map the anchors of the world

Help the Nautical Archaeology Society to record historic anchors and learn about their place in our maritime history. Although anchors are considered symbols of the maritime world, it is surprising how little work has been undertaken to date in terms of collecting and organising the wealth of information that exists in the form of anchors found on wreck-sites, in museum collections and on public or private property all over the world.

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New Alliance Creates Turnkey Solution in the Tay and Forth for Decommissioning Projects

A new alliance of leading businesses in the North Sea Oil & Gas decommissioning sector, has been formed and launched in Dundee . Named Forth and Tay Decommissioning, the alliance of businesses has been created with a shared vision to position Dundee as the UK Hub for North Sea oil and gas decommissioning. Forth and Tay Decommissioning (F&TD) offers an entire supply chain including ABB, Augean North Sea Services, COES Caledonian, Forth Ports, John Lawrie Group, Offshore Decommissioning Services and Well-Safe Solutions which can deliver an integrated, end-to-end service for North Sea Oil & Gas decommissioning. F&TD will manage every step of the decommissioning process from a single, strategically positioned hub at the Port of Dundee.

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