How UKSR is ‘Flying the Flag’ for its Apprentices

Published: 08/02/2021

To celebrate national apprenticeship week, we are giving you a personal insight from one of the UK Ship Register’s (UKSR) apprentices, Nidhi. She will be giving you her view, and what she has learnt so far on her apprenticeship journey, and how she’s progressed and gained knowledge within the industry.

We also hear from her line manager, Neil, to show how he and the wider UKSR team provides ongoing support for to Nidhi, by allowing her time to complete the assignments, tasks and provide feedback. He also helps her to understand her role and how she plays a vital part in achieving the teams and agency’s goals.


The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2021 is “Build the Future” as we encourage everyone to consider how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and employers to build a workforce with future ready skills. National Apprenticeship week is celebrated across the Department for Transport (DFT) yearly. This year’s DFT’s NAW Group Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 10th February (11-11:30) to recognise its up and coming apprentices and line managers across DfT and its agencies. Good luck to all nominees!

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A career in maritime doesn’t mean you have to get your feet wet or have previous experience of working at sea. There’s plenty of rewarding opportunities in a huge variety of different roles. Nidhi and Neil work in the business support team at the UK Ship Register, supporting ships owners and operators across the world. 


Nidhi Sanil:







I am almost eight months into my Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship which has gone by so quickly! I’m currently working on my modules and starting on my final project. It’s been a really positive experience so far, and I think it has been a worthwhile thing to do. A part of my apprenticeship was to find out more about my organisation, and I found researching about the MCA, DfT and the wider Civil Service really useful, especially as I've been working here for just over a year, so there is still a lot to learn.

That, and learning many new skills has benefited me in my role as Administrative Support in the UK Ship Register. The course covers a lot of areas of Business Administration, everything from policy to organisation. It is a good introduction to business practices in general, which can be helpful for quite a lot of different roles and I would definitely recommend it.


Neil Peacey:

As the Line Manager of Nidhi and my other apprentices, I have seen a tremendous change in all three of them. They have gained skills and confidence that are really contributing to the future of UKSR and are working towards a qualification that will benefit the agency.  I am extremely proud of them, along with the efforts and determination that they are putting into their apprenticeship. As a manager my priority is my staff and to ensure that they have opportunities to development that will provide them skills, knowledge and confidence, not just in their current roles but in their future careers within the agency."