The Apprenticeship scheme at Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth is renowned as one of the best of its kind, having received multiple awards from within the shipbuilding industry and recognition from national business awards.
For each intake the yard receives over 10 applications for every one space offered, with the course having trained over 160 local young people in its 17-year history. Over 70% of those who have undergone the apprenticeship at Pendennis are now employed by the superyacht build and refit company in Falmouth, with some having progressed to become senior trade managers.
Worshipful Company of Shipwrights Queen’s Silver Medal
Not only does the Pendennis scheme train individuals in yacht fabrication, joinery, paint and engineering skills, but also creates rounded individuals who are a valuable asset to each project team. The apprentices are encouraged to undertake Duke of Edinburgh training, participate in local community projects, and complete RYA courses.
The youngsters on the course are recognised year after year as some of the best apprentices in the shipbuilding industry. Two of last year’s final year apprentices went a step further as they were selected as finalists in the annual Worshipful Company of Shipwrights Queens Silver Medal award, with Joe Chambers and James Hitchens finishing 2nd and 4th respectively in this prestigious national award
Antigua Superyacht Challenge
A team from the yard will be supporting Pendennis built sailing yachts Adela (55.5m) and Rebecca (42.42m) at this year’s Antigua Superyacht Challenge which takes place from the 29th January to the 1st February, 2015.
Amongst an impressive 2014 fleet of 8 superyachts each over 80ft LOA, Adela finished in first position. She performed excellently across the whole week, finishing in the top two after each race. The results table from the 2014 Regatta can be found on results section of the Antigua Superyacht Challenge website.
The racing in this event adheres to the International Superyacht Rule, formerly the Bucket Rule, administered by Jim Teeters. This is the same set of rules that is applied at Pendennis’ biennial Pendennis Cup, which both Adela and Rebecca have attended in past years.
We wish both the yachts a fantastic week of racing in the Caribbean!