IoSSG Robert Miles Thomas - Isles of Scilly Steamship Group

Isles of Scilly Steamship Group

“The opportunity to home-grow our own talent” is why the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group (ISSG) invests in apprenticeships.

One of West-Cornwall’s biggest employers, ISSG currently has an accountancy apprentice in its busy finance department, who is studying via Truro and Penwith College.

Robert Miles-Thomas, a 20-year-old former Cape Cornwall School pupil, joined the company last year and is taking a level three accountancy qualification.

HR Manager Verity Hill said: “Rob, our current apprentice, is very eager to learn, professional and wants to progress his career.

“When he’s completed his apprenticeship he will become a full-time member of our finance department, so as well as investing in his future, we are investing in ours. It’s a win-win situation.”

Based in the far west of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company has many varied, niche positions including both aviation and marine engineers, dry-dock specialists, fire crew, air traffic controllers, customer services, health and safety, HR, marketing, communications and finance.

Verity added: “As an employer, we have a real responsibility to make those opportunities. We want our young people to realise they don’t have to move away from Cornwall – there are fantastic careers right on their doorsteps and apprenticeships are a brilliant route in.”

Posted on 18th Oct 2019 |


We have seen many employees progress through apprenticeships, giving us the opportunity to produce high quality engineers

Darren Etherington, Production Director at Watson-Marlow

The value that the apprentices have added to our business has paid this back many times over

Michelle Pearce, Practice Director, RRL accountants

Apprenticeships aren’t just entry level jobs for youngsters coming straight out of school – they’re fantastic opportunities for upskilling existing employees too

Publican Mark Holden, Victoria Inn

It is absolutely essential that new blood is developed for the Bakery industry which is best done via the apprenticeship route

Mark Norton, Managing Director at Prima Bakeries

Apprentices invigorate our crews and the new roles have created a lot of excitement within the Service

Kathryn Billing, Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service Group Manager