28 Sep 2021

Six men who began their careers as apprentices have recently celebrated 40 years of service at A&P Falmouth.

Steelworkers Colin Binny, Roger Charlton, Barry Pollard and Steven Wilkes, along with pipeworker Robert Grose and fitter Nigel Symonds all began their apprenticeships at Falmouth Docks on September 7, 1981, when the company was still a part of British Shipbuilders.

They all successfully completed their apprenticeships in September 1985 and have remained at A&P Falmouth ever since. While half of the men are still working within their chosen trades, the others have progressed to supervisory and management roles within the company.

Colin Binny is now a Project Manager, Roger Charlton is a supervisor and Nigel Symonds is A&P Falmouth’s Estimating Manager.

All six men were presented with a certificate and a gift voucher in recognition of their four decades of continuous service at the facility.

Steve Jones, Managing Director Operations and Site Director at A&P Falmouth, said: “I would like to congratulate all six men on achieving 40 years of service with the company and thank them not only for their loyalty but their dedication and hard work over such a long period of time.

“It is a real testament for the success of our apprenticeship scheme that they all decided to remain at A&P Falmouth after qualifying in their chosen trades. I hope it sends a message to our new intake of apprentices as to what can be achieved if they work hard and stay focused.”

  • Photo 1 = Rob Grose; Barry Pollard; Darren Rice (Production Director); Steve Jones (Managing Director); Nigel Symonds; Ian Douglas (Commercial Director) & Colin Binny
  • Photo 2 = Steve Jones (Managing Director); Roger Charlton; Steve Wilkes; Darren Rice (Production Director)
  • Photo 3 = The 1981 apprentices pictured in 1985 after completing their 4 year apprenticeship with the then Training Officer, Mr Roy Timmins.
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