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Following 300th apprentice milestone, Pendennis announces next apprenticeship recruitment date during National Apprenticeship Week

In 2021 Pendennis’ award-winning apprenticeships reached a new milestone, with July’s new recruits containing the 300th
apprentice to have enrolled on the schemes since their inception in 1998. In 2021 we were also named “Apprentice Employer of the Year” in the Small Employer category of the FE Week and AELP AAC Apprenticeship Awards, and awarded The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights’ Company Award in recognition of a commitment to apprenticeships.

As the pandemic hit the previous year and caused uncertainty for apprentices across the country, Pendennis was one of a group of marine employers who pledged to retain their apprentices and commit to completing their training. The signing of the pledge, initiated by the Maritime Skills Alliance, lends an extra significance to the strong position of the apprenticeship scheme today.

The company was pleased to announce its intention to recruit again this year, seeking 12 new General Engineering and 8 new Yacht Painting Apprentices. The announcement coincided with the start of 2022’s National Apprenticeship Week, an annual government initiative to celebrate the worth of apprenticeships, both for individuals and employers.

Applications will open on Wednesday 2nd March, with anyone interested in applying encouraged to attend Pendennis’ Apprenticeship Open Evening on the same day.

As well as the recruitment announcement, Pendennis are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week with a variety of activities in the shipyard and the local community. ‘Back to the floor’ sessions will see Directors paired with Apprentices for the day to swap jobs and learn more about each other’s day to day roles. On social media, the company will be celebrating the fact that just over one third of the workforce today are people who trained in their apprenticeship programmes, by highlighting the journeys through the company of some of their ex-apprentices and the variety of roles they now occupy - including 60% of the management team. Meanwhile in and around Falmouth, apprentices will be taking part in another annual ‘Pendennis Apprenticeship Community Week’, where they visit local charities, schools and community projects to donate their time and skills to good causes. Previous projects have included building outdoor shelters and garden boxes for primary schools, painting community centre changing rooms, fabricating metal gates, assisting in the renovation of boats, and much more.

If you or someone you know would be interested in applying to become a Pendennis apprentice, follow this link: or email to apply to the Open Evening, taking place at the Falmouth shipyard on Wednesday 2nd
March. Applications will open after the event, and application packs will be made available to download from the website and to collect during the event. For more information about the apprenticeship schemes, visit

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