Pendennis is very proud of its award winning apprenticeships which have trained over 250 young men and women in the key industry trades over the past 22 years. These schemes focus on continual development of our workforce, maintaining the world-class standards which we adhere to in all aspects of a custom build or refit.

Just under one third of the current workforce have been trained by this programme, including many who have progressed to senior positions such as project engineers, trade and project managers.

How apprenticeships work

Our apprenticeships take place at our Falmouth site and will lead to you to achieving nationally recognised qualifications as well as a bright new career here in Cornwall. Your training will normally be delivered in partnership with local training providers and will meet the new National Occupational Apprentice Standards through vocational and classroom-based learning over a four-year programme.

Find out how you could grow with Pendennis
Your apprenticeship with Pendennis is an introduction to the world of work and gives you the chance to benefit from an award-winning and world-class programme. As an apprentice you will get competitive rates of pay as you are employed from day one, progressing throughout until you graduate as a qualified Tradesperson. On top of your salary an apprentice will also benefit from –
- A Pendennis pension plan
- Accredited qualifications
- Extra-curricular activities include Sailing, Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award & opportunities to attend youth leadership awards and activities.
- Annual awards
- Community activities

Make the most of what you can be
We will help you to develop your career and yourself. Join us as an apprentice and you’ll be taking the first step on a programme that alongside gaining experience and qualifications will help you to develop a range of other transferable skills to support your working life. We will help you develop as part of a team and learn the leadership skills you will need as you progress within the company.

Continuous development
Your continuous professional development is important to you and to us and we will help to guide and support your learning as we follow your progression throughout your apprenticeship. Later as you complete your apprenticeship you may have the opportunity of progression into higher level qualifications.

What are we looking for?
Pendennis is about high quality in all that we do and getting an apprenticeship with us may seem daunting, but we would like you to prove that you want the opportunity! If you are interested in an exciting new career with us there are things that you can do and tell us about to support your application; it’s not just about your grades, for example – work experience with an employer, perhaps you might have spent some time here at Pendennis? Experiences of working in a team, that could include sports teams, Duke of Edinburgh or maybe a project you have worked on, what interests do you have and why? Are you self-motivated and want to learn? If so, we want to hear from you!

How can you apply?
We do not currently have any apprenticeship vacancies. We will advertise any apprenticeships on our careers page, on our social media channels and in the local press so make sure you are following us and keep an eye out if you are interested in an apprenticeship with Pendennis. If you have any questions about our apprenticeships or would like further information please contact

  • Awards
  • Winner: Large Employer Category 2008 Learning and Skills Council Awards
  • Winner: Large Employer of the Year 2009 National Training Awards
  • Winner: SW large Employer of the Year 2012 National Apprentice Service
  • Winner: 'Queen's Silver Medal' 2011 & 2016 - Best Apprentice in UK Shipbuilding Industry Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. Runner up 2006, Runner up and Third 2013, Runner up and Fourth 2014, Winner & Third 2016
  • Winner: Gold Medal in Cabinet Making (Adam Hall), World Skills UK 2015
  • Winner: Apprenticeship Award Western Morning News Business Awards 2015
  • Winner: Apprenticeship & Training Award Insider Media MiSW Awards 2015
  • Winner: Best Company to Work For British Marine Federation Awards 2016
  • Winner: Outstanding Commitment to Training Large (150 plus employees) Excellence in Business Training Awards 2017
  • Winner: Apprenticeship Programme of the Year TES FE Awards 2017
  • Gold Award: Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Workplace Health Award
  • Winner: SW Winner Large Employer Category, National Apprenticeship Awards 2017
  • Winner: Outstanding Commitment to Apprenticeships Medium/Large Business, CCB Business Excellence Awards 2018
  • Winner: Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year, Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards 2019
  • Winner: Apprentice Employer of the Year, Small Employer category, FE Week and AELP AAC Apprenticeship Awards 2021

Graduates are awarded blue bump caps to mark becoming full-time staff members
Local schools received help from our Apprentices during NAW 2016
Apprentices volunteered at Mylor Sailability
During NAW Apprentices worked at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice
Surface Finishing & General Apprentices working at the yard in 2016
Apprentices from Pendennis and Blue Flame Gig Rowing Regatta
Regular success at the annual Worshipful Company of Shipwrights Queen's Silver Medal
The Directors worked alongside apprentices in a job-swap day
Developing sailing skills
Adam Hall, winner of the Gold Medal in the Cabinet Making category
A charity abseil for NAW2015 raised over £30,000 for Cancer Research
Fabrication Apprentices made new gates for the local cricket club

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