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Cammell Laird shipyard recruits 18 new apprentices

posted on December 1, 2009 categories Recruitment

Resurgent Merseyside shipyard Cammell Laird is announcing the recruitment of 18 apprentices today. (view Getty Images pictures on the iconic LIFE magazine: http://tinyurl.com/ylbwvdl )

The recruits aged between 16 and 20 are all from Merseyside and take the total number of apprentices at the yard to 59.

Cammell Laird HR Manager Danny Hart said the recruitment drive is critical to the shipyard’s future growth ambitions.

“It is terrific to see the yard employing so many young apprentices again,” he said. “To have 59 apprentices learning skills for life on a structured course is magnificent for the business and the area. And, importantly, for those keen to grow their skills and capability further Cammell Laird will sponsor apprentices into an engineering degree. We have a clear vision to get these apprentices into long term skilled jobs at the yard. More than 100 full time workers at Cammell Laird served their apprenticeship here and that is exactly the tradition we want to continue. Our apprenticeship programme is absolutely fundamental to the ethos of the business. There is a huge skills gap we need to fill for the future. But through this rigorous programme we are ensuring we have the skills we need to grow the shipyard in the short, medium and long term.”

Mr Hart said the apprentice programme would be run with the neighbouring Maritime and Engineering College North West.

“Considerable effort has been invested in the apprenticeship programme,” he said. “We take a hands on approach and under the close supervision of our vastly experienced Mentors we work on both the professional and personal development of the apprentice. Key skills being learnt include welding, fitting, mechanical fitting and pipe fitting. Ultimately this shipyard has built its reputation on the calibre of its workmanship. So the skills of our workforce are absolutely critical to the future success of Cammell Laird. ”

Jim Teasdale, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Engineering College said:

“The apprentice training programmes we run here at the college are going from strength to strength, helped by the close relationships we have built up with companies such as Cammell Laird. We work closely with the yard and other employers to ensure that our apprentices move into jobs with a broad range of skills that they can further develop in the workplace.”

For further information on employment opportunities contact Cammell Laird’s HR department: 0151 649 6600 email: info@cammell-laird.co.uk