Cammell Laird inspires next generation during National Careers Week
Maritime engineering business Cammell Laird has been inspiring the next generation during National Careers Week.
The Birkenhead shipyard has been showcasing the world of opportunity available within the business during the week, which runs from 2-7 March.
Cammell Laird recruitment teams will be at the Wirral Young Chamber Skills Show at The Hive, Wirral Youth Zone, on Bright Street, Birkenhead on Thursday 5 March from 9.30am to 3pm. The event attracted more than 1,400 students and more than 200 business people during 2019, making it the largest skills show across the Liverpool City Region. Cammell Laird has produced new career literature to encourage people to consider joining the company.
Cammell Laird will then be at the University of Chester’s careers network event on Wednesday 11 March. Representatives have also been promoting roles in the industry onboard the Prince of Wales aircraft carrier, which is expected to depart Liverpool on Friday.
Young people are encouraged to seek out the Cammell Laird stand at any of these events to hear about opportunities within the thriving maritime business and its ambitious plans for the future.
Director of HR Rich Caton said: “These events give us a chance to demonstrate the rewarding, varied and challenging careers we can offer candidates interested in the maritime industry. Cammell Laird can help you reach your full potential, whether it is an engineering position or a back-office support role you are keen to pursue. Our employees have a hand in making history through the ships we work on and we are looking to the future with a solid order book. The future is bright, and we hope people will come to find out more at these events.”
Cammell Laird has been building ships on the River Mersey for almost 200 years and has achieved a
formidable track record of success since shipbuilding returned to Merseyside in 2010.
Employees work on real ships, not virtual ones, and a career will not see you tied to a desk or workbench. Instead, you will get hands on with state-of-the-art warships and some of the most exciting commercial vessels being built in the UK today.
The shipyard played a crucial role in the construction of both of Britain’s new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, and was subsequently contracted to produce units for three of the Royal
Navy’s new Astute class submarines. In 2019, we welcomed Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Birkenhead for the naming of the RRS Sir David Attenborough
polar research ship – the largest specialist commercial vessel to be built in the UK for 30 years.
Our plans for future growth are ambitious, backed by a solid 10-year order book that includes the provision of through-life maintenance support to nine vessels of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. We are also contracted to help construct the UK’s ballistic missile submarines, support work to upgrade and modernise the power propulsion systems on the Royal Navy Type 45 destroyers and provide regular dry docking and ship repair services to our commercial clients.
Chief operating officer Tony Graham added: “Exciting new chapters in the company’s history are waiting to be written, and we need talented men and women to join us today.
“We will provide you with endless opportunities to develop your skills on complex projects, and get
hands on with ships of national and international significance. If you are driven to succeed and relish a challenge, we’ll support you every step of the way.”
Cammell Laird sits directly across the water from Liverpool – one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. Here you will find affordable living, a thriving arts and culture scene, countless bars and restaurants, football, horse racing, watersports and much more besides, while the Wirral peninsula itself is renowned for its beauty and culture.
Opportunities are available for roles in skilled trades, technical and professional support functions. Specific to these areas we are frequently recruiting the following roles:
• Skilled trades – welders, platers, mechanical fitters and pipefitters.
• Technical – engineers, estimators, naval architects and project management.
• Professional support – finance, HR, health safety and environmental, IT, procurement and quality.