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Apprentices complete four-year training scheme

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 11, 2012

Graduating apprentices have been awarded their 'Pendennis Blue' hard hats to signify their graduation to full-time employment at the Falmouth shipyard

Graduating apprentices have been awarded their 'Pendennis Blue' hard hats to signify their graduation to full-time employment at the Falmouth shipyard

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Pendennis Shipyard has celebrated the graduation of 14 young people from its four-year general apprenticeship scheme.

The Falmouth-based company's apprenticeship scheme is now in its fifteenth year and run in conjunction with Cornwall College.

The course provides industry qualifications and the opportunity for candidates to train to a high level in their chosen trade and then to progress through the company.

This year's final year graduates began the scheme in 2008. Four of them have also been shortlisted to take part in a week-long final appraisal for the annual Worshipful Company of Shipwrights Queens Silver Medal. The annual competition will see 18 representatives in total from the UK's shipbuilding industry attend the assessment course at Kielder Water, Northumberland, with the winner announced later this year.

This honour was previously awarded Pendennis' Tom Clegg in 2010.

Pendennis said that most of this year's qualified apprentices will go on to full time employment with the company.

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