Ye Olde Shipyard Takes Apprentice Welders Under its Wings

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British apprentices are learning the latest in “plating, welding, pipe fitting, and mechanical engineering” in one of England’s oldest shipyards.  They will fill a much needed gap in the industry and bring some prestige back to this “Cammell Laird” shipyard.

From Young Apprentices Begin Working At Cammell Laird Shipyard:

Apprentices at Cammell Laird shipyard learn traditional ship building skills at the company’s training centre on December 5, 2008, in Birkenhead, Merseyside, England.  The world famous shipyard has taken on 20 apprentices to fill a skills gap in it’s work force and to fullfil it’s commercial obligations.  The youngsters will become experts in key skills such as plating, welding, pipe fitting, and mechanical engineering.  The scheme also includes 17-year-old Lacie Cudden who is training to be a mechanical engineer.  The new skills base is going against a government report indicating that modern apprenticeships will suffer in the economic downturn.  In November the firm’s management team relaunched the shipyard as ‘Cammell Laird’, bringing the world famous name ‘back home’ to Merseyside.

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