To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, Falmouth based superyacht yard, Pendennis, sent several teams of apprentices out into the community to support local good causes.
Dubbed ‘Pendennis Community Week’ the apprentices were tasked with a wide range of activities at various locations in and around Falmouth, including painting the changing rooms at the Dracaena Centre, gardening and general ground maintenance at Barncoose Hospital and marshalling at the St Piran’s Day Parade through the town. The major project of the week was at Penryn Primary Academy, where a team of apprentices spent the whole week building benches and planters for the Key Stage 1 area and seating and a pagoda shelter for the children in the school’s ARB unit.
On Friday the apprentices and their supervisors were invited to the Academy for the official opening of these new areas. Headteacher at Penryn Primary Academy James Hitchens commented at the event: “The team at Pendennis have been fantastic to work with. All of the apprentices and their supervisors have worked extremely hard to provide us with these wonderful resources, which will benefit our school community so much.”
This was backed up by Steve Hancock, the Training Manager at Pendennis who co-ordinated the apprentices’ schedule for the week: “Seeing the difference that our apprentices have made to so many local good causes and community projects has been wonderful to witness. The apprenticeship programme at Pendennis is about so much more than just training a young person to be a great Engineer, Joiner or an Electrician. We are interested in developing the whole person – volunteering and working in mixed discipline teams provides essential experience and the apprentices have had a fantastic and rewarding week.”