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.”