Our Programme.

At Cammell Laird we understand the importance of nurturing careers and developing the future of our workforce, as well as developing the vital skills our industry needs to secure the future of British shipbuilding.

Our ambition is to bridge the gap that our industry faces, aligning with the National Shipbuilding Strategy and equipping young people with skills that add value to the maritime industry.

We have worked hard to establish an award winning apprenticeship programme in partnership with local colleges including Wirral Met and the Engineering College - making us one of the biggest employers in the area.

In recent years, Cammell Laird has put hundreds of apprentices through its multi-award-winning apprenticeship programme - making it one of the biggest in the UK maritime industry.


The vast majority of our apprentices have gone straight into full-time permanent employment upon completion of their initial training and many have been able to gain further qualifications and progress their careers with Cammell Laird, including up to Director level.

We offer apprenticeships across many trades including Welders, Platers, Pipefitters, Mechanical Fitters, Shipwrights, Riggers, HR, Project Management and Technical

Around 70 apprentices were given the opportunity to contribute to the RRS Sir David Attenborough project and develop vital experience

Our approach to skills retention and development is also reflected in our supply chain. We proactively seek local suppliers and subcontractors, and we expect our supply chain to have a ratio of 1:10 apprentices to employees.





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Callum Kerr

When Callum Kerr began his apprenticeship at Cammell Laird, little did he know he’d spend most of his time in training working on the shipyard’s most ambitious shipbuilding project to date.

Callum began his apprenticeship in piping in 2016 and after spending some time in the fabrication shop, moved to work on the RSS Sir David Attenborough (SDA) where he spent the next three years.

“I’d never been on a ship before then so it was really good to see the whole shipbuilding process. I really enjoyed learning all about it,” said Callum. “It’s brilliant seeing it now and how it’s changed over the years.”

Callum witnessed the launch of the SDA and even brought his dad and grandad along to join him. He was proud to be here today to see the ship leave for its sea trials.

Callum, from Tranmere, opted for an apprenticeship, knowing that university wasn’t for him. “I thought ‘earn as you learn’ was a good idea and getting a trade was important for my future,” he said. “I chose Cammell Laird because they were on my doorstep and are a good company.

“I’ve really enjoyed learning my trade and meeting lots of people. I’d definitely recommend an apprenticeship here if uni’s not for you. It’s a great base to learn a trade.”

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In 2021 Cammell Laird recruited 46 new apprentices, we are now recruiting
for our 2022 Apprenticeships, to apply, please visit our careers page.

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