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Pendennis wins prestigious Large Employer of the Year Award

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Yacht-builders Pendennis has sailed away with a prestigious Large Employer of the Year at the annual national Apprenticeship Awards.

Now in their fifth year, the Learning and Skills Council’s Apprenticeship Awards are designed to recognise employers who are successfully using Apprenticeships to improve business performance and the key role apprentices play in today’s business world.

Pendennis pioneered an Apprenticeship in Yacht Surface Finishing, the first qualification of its kind in the country.


Jill Carr, training manger at Pendennis champions the business benefits of apprentices: “One of the main benefits of our Apprenticeship programme is that the apprentices inject skills, youth, longevity, and flexibility into our niche business. Apprenticeships help us mould employees, through training and on the job experience, thus providing us with the right level of skills and discipline.”

Pendennis is now celebrating its Apprenticeships 10th anniversary, over this period around 100 young people from the local community have benefited from this training run in partnership with Cornwall College Business (CCB). Apprentices now account for 20 per cent of the company’s workforce, who specialise in the construction and refit of luxury motor and sailing Yachts over 30m in length.

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