Pendennis Shipyard hosted a graduation evening for final year apprentices that have successfully completed the scheme, with this year’s ceremony being exceptional as two courses were finished simultaneously, providing 21 local young people with a new career at the superyacht build and refit company in Falmouth.
Eight youngsters graduated from the Surface Finishing Scheme, specialising in the immaculate paint finishes seen on these impressive yachts around the world. A further 13 completed the four-year General Apprenticeship Scheme, with the 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, whilst their mentors and managers, some of whom were once apprentices themselves, were also present. The graduates were presented with certificates as well as their Pendennis blue safety hats, which replace their red apprentice hats, marking them as full time members of staff at the yard. 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, explained “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.”