New apprentices for Clyde shipbuilding

09 Oct 2009

The next generation of warship builders have embarked on their careers at BVT Surface Fleet on the Clyde. The company recently welcomed 79 new apprentices and 16 graduates to the ship yards at Scotstoun and Govan.

The significant boost to the apprenticeship programme takes the total number of apprentices working on the Clyde to over 300. Nine of the new intake will train to become Engineering Technicians, with the remainder learning trades such as welding, pipe fitting and fabricating. The graduates are specialising in areas such as Engineering, Operations, Supply Chain and Project Management.

The new recruits can look forward to learning from some of the most skilled managers, trades people and engineers that the shipbuilding industry has to offer, whilst working on some of the most advanced ships in the world, including the Type 45 Destroyers and the two Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.

Alan Johnston, Chief Executive of BVT said, "I am delighted to welcome the new apprentices and graduates into the yards and thrilled that BVT can give so many people the opportunity to learn new skills, especially in the current economic climate. They will become a key part of our business and can look forward to long and rewarding futures working on a variety of different programmes."

First year electrician apprentice and a graduate in Politics and Philosophy from Glasgow University, Julia Wallace, said, "A nine to five desk job has never appealed to me, so applying for the BVT scheme seemed like an excellent move. I'm really excited about working in the ship yards and know that by learning a trade I will have a career for life."

The apprenticeship scheme is set to grow further, when an additional 42 apprentices join BVT Surface Fleet at its facilities in Portsmouth in November.


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