Pendennis’ Apprentices foster community links

Pendennis’ award winning Apprenticeship Scheme actively promotes participation in community projects alongside more formal training as part of the four year course. This year has provided plenty of opportunities for the apprentices to share their skills locally with two fourth years, Will Heaps and Ryan Lane, assisting pupils from Bodriggy Academy with their ‘Crossing the Gap Challenge’ which took place during the ‘Junior Engineers of Tomorrow’ day. Using a limited supply of materials the students built a structure allowing a remote controlled car to cross a 1m gap. The event was organised by Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership with support from Pendennis Shipyard and was designed to further educate pupils about engineering and develop their problem-solving skills.

In the same spirit of involvement the first-year apprentices were volunteers at the Cornwall College Southwest Regional Heat of the Greenpower Race as, together with Cornwall College and Greenpower, they laid out 700 cones, 500 crowd barriers and around two tonnes of sandbags at Newquay Airport creating a challenging circuit for 14 competing green cars built by local schools. Pendennis’ apprentices have also been training hard for a gig race against Blue Flame’s apprentices to be hosted by Falmouth Gig Club. The challenge from Penryn based Blue Flame is part of mutual 25th anniversary celebrations. The crews will be racing from Pendennis waterfront on 5th October at 10am.

This is an exciting time for the Pendennis apprentices as the start of a new apprenticeship year approaches. In September the first year apprentices will return to the yard after completing their college year and selecting their specialist trade, whilst the fourth year trainees will be attending their graduation dinner. Although many of them will be progressing to full time positions within Pendennis, three of them have signed up for the post-apprenticeship scheme. Alongside their graduation, and in recognition of the exceptional standards achieved throughout the course, fourth years Matt Angove and Sam Jones have been chosen with 16 other apprentices from throughout the UK, to participate in the Worshipful Company of Shipwright’s assessment week. Following this course one of them will be awarded the Queen’s Silver Medal, the most prestigious award for British Shipyard Apprentices, which was previously awarded to Pendennis apprentice Tom Clegg in 2010.