Charles Aichroth – Level 2 Marina and Boatyard Operative Apprentice


What do you do within the business?

I work as a yard hand at Tweek Classic Boat Yard.

What department/team do you work with?

I am one of three in the yard team in the boat yard.

What is the purpose of your role and how does it assist with the business's mission?

The boat yard's mission is to provide a sustainable and well-run boat yard for customers and their boats. My role within this is to ensure that I work with the team to meet the customer's needs within their boats. Within this, I work with the team to ensure that boats are lifted safely into and out of the water for storage. To prepare a boat for winter mornings downriver. Finally, to complete other day-to-day tasks in the yard.

Which elements of your Apprenticeship do you feel you have learnt most?

I feel there are two aspects. Firstly, I have learned a lot of practical skills in completing my telehandler, forklift and banksman courses. Through these courses, I have learned how to install engines into boats and install masts. Alongside this, I have learned more about the marine industry and the rules and regulations affecting the business I work in.

What do you feel you have gained from the Apprenticeship?

I have gained a vast amount of practical experience and feel that I have improved in competence and confidence.

Would you recommend Apprenticeships? If so, why?

Yes definitely. It is hard physical work in a variety of weathers. The tasks never end but the day is always varied and goes quickly. Good support was received from my CMN Training Assessor.

What skills have you learnt?

Working with colleagues and customers. Machine plant operation and significant banksman skills.

Have you enjoyed it?

Yes, very much.

Are there any standout achievements?

Being competent in banksman role.

Any personal wins?

Managing the yard tasks when my manager was on holiday.

If you could give one piece of advice to anyone thinking about an Apprenticeship?

Keep on top of the apprentice work. Make sure you have someone to support you in your assessments.

If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice before embarking on your Apprenticeship journey, what would it be?

Organise your paperwork and don't get behind.

What are your plans post-Apprenticeship?

Look for development and growth within the industry.

Has this apprenticeship helped you on your career path?

Yes, so far but only one year completed.

What progression routes are available?

The opportunity of staying at Gweek Classic Boat Yard, going back to sea as a deckhand or working at both boat yards.