To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, Pendennis, the Falmouth-based refit and new build yard, sent several teams of apprentices out into the community to support good local causes.

“Seeing the difference that our apprentices have made to so many local good causes and community projects has been wonderful to witness,” comments Steve Hancock, the training manager at Pendennis who co-ordinated the apprentices. “The apprentice programme at Pendennis is about so much more than just training a young person to be a great engineer, joiner or electrician. We are interested in developing the whole person – volunteering and working in mixed discipline teams provides essential experience and the apprentices have had a fantastic and rewarding week.”

Dubbed “Pendennis Community Week”, the apprentices were tasked with a wide range of activities at various locations in and around Falmouth, including painting the changing rooms at the Dracaena Centre, gardening and general ground maintenance at Barncoose Hospital and marshalling at the St Piran’s Day Parade through the town. The major project of the week was at Pentryn Primary Academy, where a team of apprentices spent the whole week building benches and planters for the Key Stage 1 area and seating and a pagoda shelter for the children in the school’s ARB unit.

Last Friday, the apprentices were invited to the academy for the official opening of the new areas. James Hitchens, head teacher at Penfryn Primary Acadademy, commented during the opening that “the team at Pendennis have been fantastic to work with. All of the apprentices and their supervisors have worked extremely hard to provide us with the wonderful resources, which will benefit out school community so much.”

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