Shipyard welcomes new apprentices

APPLEDORE shipyard is celebrating the arrival of the first new apprentices to start work there in seven years. After three months of initial training at the North Devon College, 14 trainee fabricators started at the shipyard on Monday. They will be worki

APPLEDORE shipyard is celebrating the arrival of the first new apprentices to start work there in seven years.After three months of initial training at the North Devon College, 14 trainee fabricators started at the shipyard on Monday. They will be working on hull sections for the Royal Navy's two new aircraft carriers, Appledore's part in the Aircraft Carrier Alliance of shipbuilders, who are working together to manufacture and deliver the state-of-the-art warships, which will be the largest ever manufactured and assembled in the UK.The apprentices will have plenty of opportunity to gain experience and develop skills with cutting edge tools and techniques. While developing hands-on skills at the shipyard, they will also spend one day a week back at the North Devon College.Yard owners Babcock will also assign each new trainee a mentor with many years experience in fabrication to help pass on the skills and expertise to another generation.John Howie, Babcock's managing director warships, said: "This is fantastic news for the local area and is the first time that the shipyard has employed apprentices since 2002. Our trainees couldn't be joining Babcock at a more exciting time as we embark on the aircraft carrier project. Our shipyards in Rosyth and Appledore are buzzing with energy and enthusiasm as we strengthen the core teams and work with our ACA partners over the next 10 years, ultimately delivering the Royal Navy two new state-of-the-art warships.


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