A&P Falmouth has launched an apprenticeship recruitment search to find raw talent in Cornwall to hone into skilled engineering and marine workers of the future.
In the last five years A&P, as one of the biggest commercial ship repair companies in the UK, has recruited 33 adult trainees for specialist in-house training.
Now six young people in the Duchy will have the opportunity to join its 400-strong workforce and learn a range of specialist skills including engineering, steel fabrication, painting and blasting.
The new A&P Falmouth apprenticeship programme is being delivered in partnership with Cornwall College and Falmouth Marine School.
The approach being taken gives local students aged 16-plus a taste of working life in the marine engineering sector before they decide whether to apply for an apprenticeship with the industry leader.
HR and development manager at A&P Falmouth, Paul Kneebone, who started his own career with the company in 1984 as an engineering apprentice, said: “The young people we are inviting to come in and see what we do and meet our staff, will have already done a year at college and they will have a chance to undertake work experience placements so that they make an informed decision whether to apply for an apprenticeship with us.
“This should reduce the likelihood of an apprentice having a change of heart and we hope they will continue on their career path with us for many more years to come when they qualify.”