Pendennis is very proud of its award winning apprenticeship scheme which has trained over almost 200 young men and women in the key industry trades over the past 19 years. The scheme focuses 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.

General Apprenticeship Scheme

Since 1998 we have seen over 160 young people from the local area enrol on our General Apprenticeship Scheme. This four year course consists of a first year at Cornwall College gaining grounding in all aspects of yacht manufacture and maintenance. The apprentices then spend the next three years at the yard in their chosen trade gaining qualifications and experience. On successful completion of their course, the apprentices often choose to take up positions within the yard and become valued members of our staff.

The next General Apprenticeship course is open for applications now! The course will start in August 2017. Further details about the course can be found in the brochure below.

Surface Finishing Apprenticeship Scheme

Since June 2005 a new innovative apprenticeship scheme has been developed to focus on training local young people in the skills of surface finishing on yachts of all shapes and sizes. This specialist three year course consists of on-the-job training combined with classroom sessions to train the apprentices to achieve the perfect surface finish on our custom build and refit projects.

The next Surface Finishing Apprenticeship programme is open for applications now! The next programme will start in August 2017. Further details can be found in the brochure below.

  • 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
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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