Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, is delighted to welcome five new apprentices to its Appledore site as part of its very first ‘Apprentice Induction Day’.
The scheme will run in line and with partnership from Petroc College and will see apprentices range from 16 - 38 years old, with a mixture of genders.
Held on Wednesday 8 September, the day ran from 9am – 4pm and gave the newest recruits a chance to tour the site as well as learn more about Harland & Wolff’s heritage and significance within national and international maritime sectors.
Tom Hart, General Manager at Harland & Wolff (Appledore) commented: “We are delighted to welcome our new apprentices to both our Appledore site and to the Harland & Wolff Group - they are the future of this shipyard which is steeped in rich history. We are excited to teach and develop them - passing on British shipbuilding skills to the next generation. As we develop and grow as a business, we now look forward to welcoming apprentices year on year which will further enrich not only the yard but both local and national communities.”
Harland & Wolff Apprenticeships are offered across three distinct functions, Trade, (welders, pipefitters, electricians, riggers, fabricators, etc) Technical, (engineers, naval architecture) and Business Support (sales, administration).
Harland & Wolff is a multisite fabrication company, operating in the maritime and offshore industry through five markets: commercial, cruise and ferry, defence, oil & gas and renewables and six services: technical services, fabrication and construction, decommissioning, repair and maintenance, in-service support and conversion.
Its Belfast yard is one of Europe’s largest heavy engineering facilities, with deep water access, two of Europe’s largest drydocks, ample quayside and vast fabrication halls. As a result of the acquisition of Harland & Wolff (Appledore) in August 2020, the company has been able to capitalise on opportunities at both ends of the ship-repair and shipbuilding markets where this will be significant demand.
In February 2021, the company acquired the assets of two Scottish based yards along the east and west coasts. Now known as Harland & Wolff (Methil) and Harland & Wolff (Arnish), these facilities will focus on fabrication work within the renewable, oil and gas and defence sectors.
Harland & Wolff is a wholly-owned subsidiary of InfraStrata plc (AIM: INFA), a London Stock Exchange-listed firm focused on strategic infrastructure projects and physical asset life-cycle management.
In addition to Harland & Wolff, it owns the Islandmagee gas storage project, which is expected to provide 25% of the UK’s natural gas storage capacity and to benefit the Northern Irish economy as a whole when completed.