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Graduate Trainee Programme

The Pendennis Graduate Trainee Programme is offered to suitably qualified candidates to help support the future growth and succession planning within the group. Successful candidates will embark on a programme designed to support their introduction to project management, technical definition, and leadership, enabling them to take their first steps within the exciting superyacht industry with potential to develop as Project Managers or Project Engineers within the Technical Teams at Pendennis.


To gain a full overview and understanding of Pendennis Shipyard, our standards and procedures.
To gain experience in the trades and supporting departments.
To gain project experience working with experienced managers on new builds and refits/restorations.
To carry out continuous professional development as appropriate and directed.
To contribute to the continuous evaluation of management and design processes and practices.
To provide regular updates on project outcomes, recommending future developments.

Nature of work undertaken:

Candidates will gain experience, knowledge and understanding by moving around the organisation through a structured two-year programme, completing various projects during this time. The successful graduates will initially ‘shadow’ experienced staff across the different departments to develop an awareness of the company as a whole. During this time, you will also gain a thorough appreciation of the processes used to develop a superyacht.

Graduates can expect to progress through the scheme and into the Pendennis technical management team. Successful completion will see candidates take up leadership roles in technical and/or project management roles.

Personal skills:

Essential Requirements

Degree level qualification, ideally in Naval Architecture, Marine, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Self-motivated, organised, reliable, and adaptable.
Project focused
Team player

Desirable Requirements

Research skills
Some work experience within the sector.

Pay & Conditions:

The duration of the programme is 24 months and will typically lead to a permanent contract. The salary will be £26,500 pa.

Based at Pendennis Shipyard, Falmouth. Regular progress reviews.

Access to staff benefits such as Simply Health subject to a satisfactory 12-week probationary period.

Pendennis are fully supportive of continuing career development and our training scheme is a supportive pathway towards becoming a chartered engineer.

What Happens Next?

Initial expressions of interest should include an up-to-date CV and a cover letter detailing why you would like to come to Pendennis and what you hope to achieve.

The closing date for applications is Friday 17th March 2023 with interviews to be held in April 2023 (dates tbc).

Successful candidates will then be expected to start at Pendennis in August / September 2023, final dates to be confirmed.

Please email all graduate enquiries to in the first instance.

Let's Talk

We are always looking for experienced, high quality staff with an exceptional work ethic to join our dynamic team. If you are interested in a career with Pendennis, we'd be happy to receive your speculative CV and covering letter.