Pendennis picks up awards for its apprenticeship schemes

385Pendennis Shipyard has won two separate regional awards in the South West for its apprenticeship schemes.

Pendennis won the Apprenticeship and Training category at the Made in the South West Business Awards and the Best Apprenticeship trophy at the Western Morning News Business Awards.

Mike Carr, joint managing director, said: “Pendennis is very proud to have been recognised in both of these awards. Our Apprenticeships bring youth, enthusiasm and trained expertise to all areas of our business.”

“Experienced long-term tradespeople and previous apprentices mentor new arrivals, passing on skills and building a strong sense of teamwork between employees,” he added.

The company has now progressed to the 2016 Insider Media national finals, the winner of these awards will be announced in Liverpool next June.

Over the past 17 years Pendennis has trained over 180 young people through two schemes, over 95% of the apprentices have been given full-time Pendennis contracts. A further 17.5% of ex-apprentices are now employed in managerial positions within the company and a third of the workforce is either undertaking or has completed one of these apprenticeships.

Mr Carr concluded: “Our success in these awards is a credit to everyone at Pendennis and the industry who supports the scheme and works alongside the apprentices during and after their training.”

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