Cammell Laird urges young people to consider apprenticeship training
Birkenhead-based ship repairer, shipbuilder, and engineering services company Cammell Laird has called on Britain’s young people to consider starting their careers with an apprenticeship.
The message comes during this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, which runs until Sunday (9) and is aimed at celebrating the diversity and value that apprenticeships bring to employers, apprentices and communities.
Cammell Laird has a long history of investing in young people from Merseyside and the surrounding area, having ploughed more than £19m into its apprentice programme since 2008. A cohort of 20 new starters joined the shipyard’s four-year apprentice programme last autumn at a cost of £250,000-a-year, taking the total number of apprenticed recruited into the business to 270.
Cammell Laird’s scheme is already one of the biggest in the UK maritime industry and Northern Powerhouse region, and the company plans to maintain its level of investment by accepting a further 20 apprentices each year. Recruits undertake their training at The Engineering College, which is conveniently situated next to the shipyard.
Tony Graham, Cammell Laird’s chief operating officer, an ex-apprentice himself, said he hopes National Apprenticeship Week 2020 will inspire more young people to investigate the range of career options available within the maritime sector.
He said: “A skills gap exists on Merseyside and across the wider maritime industry, so the benefits to employers of establishing an apprenticeship programme are clear. For young people, schemes such as ours provide an opportunity to learn on the job, and acquire a wide range of skills that will considerably enhance their future career prospects.
“As well as effectively being paid to learn, our apprentices are well placed to secure a well-paid, skilled job with the company on completion of their training.”
Along with benefiting businesses and young people, apprenticeship schemes are capable of making a genuine difference to the local community. Cammell Laird’s success has helped underpin job and wealth creation on Merseyside. The company has generated £350million for the local and UK economy since 2013, employing 1500 direct and indirect workers and 300 small business suppliers at peak times.