Lady Hamlyn Award

The Lady Hamlyn Award is in recognition of apprentices who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to their professional development in the marine sector.

The award aims to help support apprentices throughout the course of their apprenticeship and ease their transition into a maritime career.

Up to £1,000 is awarded to an apprentice to support them as they develop their career in the maritime industry, with the aim of encouraging practical and transferrable skills and the advancement of marine interest among those in the early stages of their careers.

Each award is funded at £1,000 for student members from Group A countries, and £500 for Student Members from Group B countries. Group A and Group B eligibility will be assessed based on the country in which the candidate is undertaking their apprenticeship.

What group is my country in?

Group A

Group A countries include any countries not included in Group B.

Group B

  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kazakhstan
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Myanmar
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Romania
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Syria
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Venezuela
  • Tanzania
  • Ukraine
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Who is eligible?

To apply for the award, candidates must be:

  • A current student (SIMarEST) member of the IMarEST (free of charge)
  • Undertaking an apprenticeship in a marine engineering, science or technology discipline at the time of application

Lady Helen Hamlyn

This award has been made possible by Lady Helen Hamlyn, the Chair of the Helen Hamlyn Trust, which works to develop innovative projects with the aim to effect lasting change, improve quality of life and create opportunities for the benefit of the public.

Internationally recognised for her design aesthetics and philanthropy, Lady Hamlyn has been involved with the IMarEST and the Guild of Benevolence since the 1940’s through her father, who was a chief engineer.

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How to apply

In order to apply, candidates will need to provide contact details for themselves (complete with IMarEST ID number), as well as a completed referee form to be filled out by a referee at the business at which the candidate is conducting their apprenticeship.

Candidates must also include a personal statement (800 words max) that outlines:

  • Relevant academic qualifications
  • Why and how they would benefit from receiving the award
  • How it would help them through the duration of their apprenticeship
  • A description of the project or apprenticeship activity and how/what skills have developed as a result
  • A brief passage on an intended/potential 3-5 year career plan the candidate would like to pursue following successful completion of their apprenticeship
  • Previous IMarEST Award applications (if applicable)

These should be sent to [email protected]. Entries for this award open on 1 February 2024 and close 30 April 2024.