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Pendennis shipyard apprentices celebrate achievements
12:00pm Saturday 12th October 2013 in Cornwall
The achievements of Pendennis Shipyard’s final year apprentices who have successfully completed their training were celebrated at a recent graduation evening.
There was a change from the norm this year as two courses finished simultaneously meaning 21 local young people have now taken up a new career at the superyacht build and refit company.
Eight had graduated from the surface finishing scheme, specialising in immaculate paint finishes and a further 13 completed the four-year general apprenticeship scheme, with these graduates choosing to specialise in a range of careers as joiners, electricians and engineers.
The apprentices were joined by family members at the celebration held at the Falmouth Hotel, which was also attended by their mentors and managers, some of whom were once apprentices themselves.
The graduates were presented with certificates as well as their Pendennis blue safety hats which replace their red apprentice hats and mark their transition from trainees to full time members of staff. Since the scheme’s inception in 1998, over 120 young people have become part of the Pendennis team thanks to the high level of skills acquired through the in-depth on-the-job training undertaken in this scheme.
Mike Carr, managing director, said: “We are delighted to welcome these young people into the Pendennis team.
“It is the addition of skilled, young enthusiastic workers such as this that has enabled Pendennis to maintain our reputation as one of the finest superyacht build and refit companies in the world. We look forward to working with them in the yard, and their invaluable contribution to the future of the company.”
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