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At A&P Group we understand the enormous importance of nurturing careers and developing the future of our workforce, as well as the skills our industry needs for a bright future.

That’s why we have worked hard to establish a highly successful apprenticeship programme in partnership with local colleges.

We have a proven history, spanning decades, of delivering good quality training for apprentices in specialist skills such as engineering, welding, procurement and health and safety and set them on the path for future success.

The vast majority of our apprentices have gone straight into full-time permanent employment upon completion of their initial training and many have been able to gain further qualifications and progress their careers with A&P Group, including up to Director level.

In fact, 70% of the management, supervisors and technical staff at our Falmouth facility started out as apprentices themselves, which shows just what is possible with the right opportunity, training, and support.

We are committed to recruiting 20 new apprentices each year within the A&P Group, in electrical engineering, marine and mechanical engineering, machining and fabrication and welding steel and pipe, as well as other areas of the business including HSEQ, I.T., Finance and business administration.

In 2023 A&P recruited 26 new apprentices bringing the total number of A&P apprentices across our Falmouth and Tyne-based businesses to 92.

The application process for A&P Falmouth and A&P North East's 2023 apprenticeship programme is now closed.

We will update this page when detail of the programme for 2024 is released.

“Our management team is committed to building a sustainable future for A&P and our apprentices play a significant role in developing our business in the future.

At A&P we want our apprentices to grow in stature, learn from our current employees and build their lives upon a work ethic that promotes a good team ethos. The development of highly skilled trades people has been a major contributor to obtaining the high level of credibility A&P has within the ship repair industry.”

David McGinley - Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic & Peninsula Marine Services and Cammell Laird Ship Repairers and Shipbuilders.

APPRENTICESHIPS - 2021 feedback from A&P Group apprentices :-

Mollie Leach – North-East

Despite being made redundant twice from previous positions, Mollie Leach reached out to her connections on LinkedIn and secured a welding apprenticeship with A&P Tyne.

Mollie chose the role at A&P after she was offered stability and a structured training plan to help her finish her apprenticeship.

She said, “I have been able to meet some great people who have made my time at A&P so easy and comfortable.

“Although it can be daunting for a young woman like myself to work in such a male orientated industry, I have been so well looked after and made to feel like part of the group just as much as everyone else”.

“I would definitely recommend A&P to anyone considering an apprenticeship in the industry”.

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Laura Fredericks – Falmouth

Laura Fredericks is one of our newest apprentices who only began her training as a fitter at A&P Falmouth last autumn.

Laura said: “I choose an apprenticeship at A&P as I was really excited to be able to work on a variety of ships – from MoD vessels to tugs to ferries. I thought that it would be very interesting to learn from all these different varieties of ships.”

She is enjoying life as an apprentice, particularly due to the variety of her work, the challenges it provides and the camaraderie.

“I enjoy that the job is really hands on,” she said. “That you have a great workforce who are willing to show and help you learn. It’s like a big extended family. I like that no day is the same.”

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Charlie Wastell – North-East

Charlie Wastell is on the second year of her welding apprenticeship at A&P Tyne after opting for work-based training over college. 

Charlie said: “I chose an apprenticeship at A&P because A&P is a recognised company and I have a great interest in marine engineering. I enjoy working part as a team and learning better communication skills. I also enjoy learning the different aspects of welding and fabrication and about the different health and safety regulations.” 

She added: “I believe I am getting the best training possible at A&P and am looking forward to it opening many doors for me once I have completed my apprenticeship. 

“I would highly recommend others to join A&P’s apprenticeship scheme as you will gain lots of valuable skills from highly competent instructors.” 

A&P Tyne boasts a significant modern fabrication facility complete with panel line, rolling, plasma and gas burning machines. 

Ne Apprentice Charlie Wastell

Alfie Budge – Falmouth

Apprentice electrician Alfie Budge chose to join A&P last year after hearing “amazing” things about the company and our training scheme.

“Many people I spoke too said that I would get a good taste of all trades and not just focus on the one I chose,” said Alfie. “This helped me decide on my apprenticeship because of the different types of experience I would gain.”

Now almost six months into his apprenticeship, what does Alfie enjoy most about his new job? “The range of different jobs I have been working on - from putting up lights around the yard to helping to fix an auto pilot system on a ship,” he said.

Fal Apprentice Alfie Budge


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