International shipbuilding and marine engineering business, Harland & Wolff, has announced applications for its 2024 apprenticeship programme are now open.

The company is setting its sights on a record intake of apprentices over the next 12 months to support its ambitious growth and diversification plans across the maritime sectors in which it operates, which include commercial, defence and renewables.

Harland & Wolff’s apprenticeship programme was first launched in 2021 and is designed to equipped early careers young people leaving school and college with the skills required to forge a rewarding and long-term career in the shipbuilding and marine fabrication. Over 150 apprentices have so far taken part in the scheme, with 2024 set to boost those numbers significantly.

Apprenticeship opportunities are available at each of Harland & Wolff’s four manufacturing sites in the UK: Appledore (North Devon), Arnish (West Scotland), Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Methil (East Scotland); and in three skill areas – trades, business support and technical. The variety of opportunities on offer aim to provide apprentices with a wide range of transferable skills to navigate the ever-changing maritime industry.

Those joining the scheme could have the opportunity to work on the next generation of Fleet Solid Support ships the company is helping build through to working on green sources of energy such as offshore wind turbine foundations. All with support of skilled tradespeople committed to share their knowledge and skills to future generations of maritime professionals.

Speaking about the launch of the programme, the company’s Director of Talent, David Honeyman, said, “It’s never been a more exciting time to consider a shipbuilding and engineering apprenticeship with Harland & Wolff. Whether you’re a school or college leaver, our apprenticeships ensure your career gets off to the best possible start. You’ll work alongside and be mentored by experienced colleagues and be encouraged to share your ideas and fresh perspectives.

We’ve set course to not only build the finest vessels, but to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive skilled workforce able deliver high standards of performance through trust, creativity and teamwork.”

Matthew Cosby, who joined the scheme in June 2022 said, “I left school knowing not really knowing what I wanted to do next but the opportunity to learn a practical trade and earn money at the same time made me want to apply. Two years later, I’m now training as a Welder and worked on some really interesting projects at the Belfast yard where I’m based.”

To apply, head to the Careers section on the Harland & Wolff website: Apprenticeships – Harland & Wolff (