The Apprenticeship scheme at Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth is renowned as one of the best of its kind, having received multiple awards from within the shipbuilding industry and recognition from national business awards. For each intake the yard receives over 10 applications for every one space offered, with the course having trained over 160 local young people in its 17-year history. Over 70% of those who have undergone the apprenticeship at Pendennis are now employed by the superyacht build and refit company in Falmouth, with some having progressed to become senior trade managers.
Pendennis manages two courses: the General Apprenticeship Scheme and the Surface Finishing Apprenticeship. Over recent months Pendennis has welcomed a new set of 14 apprentices onto the four-year General Apprenticeship course and celebrated as 14 local young people graduate from the scheme. Earlier this month the final year Surface Finishing Apprentices joined their peers as they completed their three-year course, with a graduation ceremony at the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall. Another group of Surface Finishing Apprentices is due to begin this course at the beginning of February.