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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)-Creating a career with lifesaving charity

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the charity that saves lives at sea, continues to offer training within the organisation for those who share their values.

With apprenticeship opportunities at the RNLI spanning 30 years at its Inshore Lifeboat Centre on the Isle of Wight and, more recently at their headquarters in Poole, Dorset, professional training programmes are highly valued by the lifesaving charity.

HIT Training have partnered with the RNLI to attract new recruits and to improve the skills of existing employees through the facilities management supervisor (level 3) course. But the RNLI’s values for apprenticeship applicants are rightly rigid as they seek only those who are courageous, dependable, selfless and trustworthy. The apprenticeship’s multi-disciplinary programme offers an overview of the facilities management sector, providing information about both soft services (building security, catering and cleaning) and hard services (fire safety systems, heating and plumbing).

Lynne Mason, apprenticeship and early careers manager for the RNLI, explained: “We picked HIT Training because it was a local provider that could deliver a programme to meet our needs.

“Their course syllabus has closely resembled activities that have been conducted within the RNLI Facilities Department over the past 18 months, meaning that apprentices acquire vital hands on experience to hold them in good stead for the future.”

The RNLI, founded in 1824, strives to educate people and communities about the risks of going out to sea or to the coast. With more than 140,000 lives saved by RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat, lifeguard and flood rescue crews, the charity aims to halve drowning in the UK and Ireland by 2024.

The RNLI employs 1,700 across several industry sectors that include engineering, facilities management, finance, fundraising, HR legal, marketing and IT. Their apprenticeship schemes have always proved successful, many leading to permanent employment within the organisation.

Gabriel-Razvan Petcu is a prime example of how an apprenticeship can further their career aspirations. He joined the RNLI in an administrative role in 2016 and within three months of starting his facilities management supervisor (level 3) course was promoted. He is now a facilities support co-ordinator with the RNLI.

Russell Squires, the RNLI’s senior facilities manager, said: “Gabriel shows what can be achieved when you are prepared to give 100% and his all-round experience of an apprenticeship has been excellent.

“He gained so many skills during his apprenticeship training, which has resulted in both improving his general knowledge of soft and hard facilities management services as well as boosting his confidence.”

Gabriel-Razvan is embracing the field of facilities management, and following his apprenticeship training demonstrated his improved skill set in his role as the lead in an RNLI-wide estate management project. His enthusiasm since being promoting has not waned. He continues to show a level of commitment to his own personal development as his career goes from strength to strength.

Lynne added: “I’ve was very impressed with the comprehensive content of the course programme and with the support that Gabriel received from his HIT Trainer. I would certainly recommend to other members of staff that they should consider undertaking an apprenticeship.”

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Our partnership with HIT has certainly made recruitment much easier in a very difficult labour market and gives us a point of difference in an increasingly competitive environment.  Kew Green has also benefited enormously from well trained, skilled and competent staff who contribute significantly to the ever improving and high levels of customer experience that our guests expect and deserve.

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