Marine engineers of the future

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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.

Paul Kneebone with students from Marine School
Paul Kneebone with students from Marine School

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.”