Pendennis in Falmouth named as a top employer for apprenticeships
Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth has been recognised in the second Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards in Birmingham yesterday.
The Top 100 list, compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds, recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.
Pendennis' apprenticeship scheme is well respected within the UK shipbuilding sector and more than 150 apprentices have undertaken the four-year general apprenticeship scheme and surface finishing course.
The scheme aims not only to provide a valuable trade to local youngsters, but also to continually renew Pendennis' highly skilled workforce, enabling the company to compete effectively in the global superyacht market.
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Commenting on the company's entry in list, Mike Carr, Director of Pendennis Shipyard, said: "The status of Pendennis in the Top 100 is testament to the long term success of our scheme and the high calibre of apprentices that have completed the course in its 15 year history.
"This year the course, including current apprentices and past graduates, have enjoyed recognition at various different national awards. As a company we are very proud of the hard work undertaken by everyone involved in this scheme."
Chris Jones, CEO and Director General of City & Guilds, said: "At City & Guilds, we're all about helping people and organisations develop their skills for growth. Apprenticeships are integral to helping us achieve this; they develop the workforce of tomorrow, whilst giving people the skills they need to succeed in employment.
"To be named a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer is a sign of excellence and Pendennis should feel incredibly proud of what they've achieved. I hope that other employers will be inspired by their success to discover the benefits apprenticeships can offer."