Skip to main content
Contact Contact

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.

The Company:

Pendennis started life in 1988 with a contract to build the 125’ ketch Taramber, quickly developing a reputation for building & refitting luxury motor and sailing yachts and being recognised worldwide for its high standards and quality.

Over the years Pendennis has continued to invest in its facilities and people growing into a multi-faceted company with the experience and expertise to build, refit and restore yachts over 30m. Employing over 470 people our world-renowned shipyards in Falmouth and Vilanova as well as joinery manufacturing business in Norfolk. The graduate schemes are focused on developing its future talent to take its workforce forward, initially these roles will be Falmouth based.


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) or Seafarers with a valid certificate of competency

- 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.

- Competitive salary.
- 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.
- Accommodation is not provided but we can assist with finding places.

What happens next?

The Scheme will be promoted on the Pendennis website and through universities and graduate careers leads.

Applications are being accepted between 1st April – 31st May 2024 and should include an up-to-date CV & a cover letter detailing why you would like to come to Pendennis and what you hope to achieve.

Successful candidates will then be expected to start at Pendennis in September 2024, final dates to be confirmed.

Please email all graduate enquiries and applications to

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.