A&P Group has made five apprentices full time employees at its Falmouth yard and is on the search for more.
Five apprentices joined the ship repair, conversion and marine specialist’s Falmouth operation in 2014 and all have now completed their studies to become fully qualified. Three apprentices have completed their three year apprenticeship in marine engineering and two in electrical engineering. All five have been offered full time positions and have already been given the opportunity to work on high profile vessels such as the RFA Cardigan Bay, which docked in July.
Jamie Pounder, 34, from Sennen, completed his Marine Engineering apprenticeship via Cornwall College. He said: “The apprenticeship with A&P Group has been a brilliant experience. It’s given me the opportunity to learn my trade and work on some incredibly complex vessels too. I’m so pleased that my career will continue with A&P Group.”
Such is the success of A&P Group’s apprenticeship programme that the business is now looking to take on a new set of recruits. Working with Cornwall College the hope is that four new apprentices will join the Falmouth Yard next year.
Paul Kneebone, HR & Development Manager for A&P Group said: “We have a strong working relationship with the local colleges and have been very impressed with the caliber of their students. They’ve all shown a real commitment and enthusiasm for their chosen fields and have been a real asset to the business.”
Gerald Pitts, Managing Director of A&P Falmouth said: “We’ve taken a very strategic view of our apprenticeship programme and have worked hard to harness the right technical skills, attitudes and talent to keep pushing the business forward.
“I’ve been so very impressed with how committed and enthusiastic all our apprentices have been and its testament to their work ethic and the support of our team that we’re keen to bring more apprentices into the business. They will have our full commitment in building a career in this industry.”
The new apprentices will continue in A&P Falmouth’s long tradition of investing in skills and encouraging its workers to climb the ranks. Seventy two per cent of A&P Falmouth’s management, supervisors and technical staff started out on apprenticeship programmes and A&P Falmouth’s managing director began his career at A&P Group as an engineering apprentice 40 years ago.
A&P Group operates seven dry docks across three strategic locations in the UK and has a business in Australia that provides ship repair services and support to the Royal Australian Navy. All facilities combine a rich heritage of marine engineering skills and experience, providing ship owners and energy companies with all the precision skills needed to complete the most demanding projects.
The five apprentices are:
L-R: Paul Kneebone (A&P Group’s HR & Development Manager); Jamie Pounder (Engineering); David Blizzard (Electrical); Jordan Moorehouse (Engineering); Ben Casley (Electrical) ; Dan Warren (Engineering)