Working hand in hand with West College Scotland, we have been able to afford our growing number of Modern Apprentices the opportunity to absorb the disciplines and value of learning, mixed with the practical experience of one-to-one mentoring within the shipyard.
After three years of mixed college and shipyard experience, the fourth year is full-time at Ferguson Marine but with the opportunity to progress on to higher education. All apprentices work in the yard with a dedicated mentor, developing knowledge, gaining practical experience and honing all-important interpersonal skills.
We have also successfully extended the Apprenticeship programme to Graduate level - the only program of its kind in Inverclyde, creating the opportunity to obtain Honours degree further education. This was recognised by Investors in Young People (IIYP) who have recommended Ferguson Marine to progress on to IIYP Silver Framework.
Our award-winning apprenticeship scheme has been crucial in achieving our growth aims. Importantly, all 37 apprentices (nine of which are female) still remain with the company and we can’t wait to see their progress as they rise through the ranks at Ferguson Marine.