A&P Group has given full time roles to five apprentices at its Falmouth yard and is on the search for more.

The apprentices joined the ship repair business in 2014 and all have now completed their studies to become fully qualified.

Three apprentices have completed their three-year apprenticeship in marine engineering and two in electrical engineering. All five have been offered full time positions and have already been given the opportunity to work on high profile vessels such as the RFA Cardigan Bay, which docked in July.

Such is the success of A&P Group’s apprenticeship programme that the business is now looking to take on a new set of recruits. Working with Cornwall College the hope is that four new apprentices will join the Falmouth Yard next year.

A&P Falmouth MD, Gerald Pitts, said: “We’ve taken a very strategic view of our apprenticeship programme and have worked hard to harness the right technical skills, attitudes and talent to keep pushing the business forward.

“I’ve been so very impressed with how committed and enthusiastic all our apprentices have been and its testament to their work ethic and the support of our team that we’re keen to bring more apprentices into the business.  They will have our full commitment in building a career in this industry.”