Shipyard looks for new apprentices

WOULD-BE apprentices hoping for the chance to pursue a career at the award-winning Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth have attended two open evenings.

Over the past 13 years more than 120 young people have undertaken the four-year course and Pendennis is now recruiting its next intake of 12 apprentices to start in August.

  1. A group tours a dry dock during Pendennis Shipyard's apprenticeships open evening.
    A group tours a dry dock during Pendennis Shipyard’s apprenticeships open evening.

Coinciding with National Apprenticeship Week, it welcomed more than 400 potential candidates and their families to the yard over two nights.

Jill Carr, manager of the apprenticeship scheme, said: “In 2010, we received 14 applications for every space available and this year we expect the application numbers to be higher.”

The scheme also gives the trainees a chance to become involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, Royal Yachting Association sailing courses and local community projects.

At the open evenings Tristan Jones, one of the company’s first apprentices in 1988, said: “The apprenticeship scheme provided an amazing basis for my career to develop beyond tradesperson level.


“The company has continually provided opportunities for growth via the post-apprenticeship scheme, a variety of work-related training courses and constant career progression initiatives.”

Meanwhile, five managers from Cornwall College Business (CCB) and a director of the shipyard had the chance to get their hands dirty while spending an afternoon with engineering apprentices.

Pendennis’s sales and marketing director, Toby Allies, spent the afternoon helping Dan Buckland install a hot water system in a luxury yacht undergoing a refit.

Sue Alvey, head of operational support at CCB, and fourth-year apprentice Sam Parsons sanded prefabricated panels of decking ready to install on a refurbished boat, while Steve Hancock, head of work-based learning and a former helicopter engineer, enjoyed his time as an electrical engineering apprentice with Joe Chambers.

Liaison officer Brianna Murley experienced sanding the hull of a boat with paint specialist Ben Hitchens, and Darren Brogdon could be seen installing a new ladder with exterior apprentice Sam Fanelli.

Ron Champion, director of CCB, joined Dean Oliver and Sam Philps to weld up a vent for Pendennis’s paint shop.

The deadline for applications for Pendennis’s new intake of apprentices is next Friday.

Paul Champion
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