Blyth Tall Ship delivers high quality accredited foundation learning in engineering through the medium of heritage boat building skills. We deliver NVQ's in Marine Engineering Levels 1, 2 and 3 through EAL. This allows our trainees and apprentices to gain transferable industry standard skills.
Occasionally we offer and add courses in welding, port operations and marine engines, and plan to offer courses in basic seamanship in the future.
In addition, with funding from the National Lottery we will be offering paid 6 month traineeships to gain a level 2 NVQ marine engineering through to 2021. Selection for this opportunity will be through attending a level 1 course.
We use high ratio of trainers to learners to ensure the very best opportunity to learn and progress is delivered. Our trainees work alongside volunteers with a lifetime of experience in the offshore and engineering industry who provide a sounding block and positive example from another generation. They also have the opportunity to visit local engineering and offshore companies to see first-hand the sorts of careers they could engage in.
Because we are small and independent, we are able to develop cost effective, specific skills courses in short time scales, to industry led demand and standards. Indeed because of our foundation process, we can act as a recruitment agency, sourcing new skilled individuals and training them in advance for specific roles. We have done this for Tharsus Engineering and the Port of Blyth and would be happy to speak to other engineering organisations with similar needs.
We are funded mainly by the Heritage Lottery Fund as a number of other organisations such as the Port of Blyth, Northumberland County Council. Job Centre Plus, The Rotary Club of Blyth and Awards for All, the Sage Foundation and many of the charities administered by the Community Foundation.
We introduce all trainees and our less experienced engineering volunteers to the project through our 8-week (two days a week) Level 1 NVQ in Engineering Operations.
We are also looking towards developing evening and weekend skills courses for well-being and specific group purposes.