3 Nov 2021

Cammell Laird has welcomed two new apprentices to its growing finance department.

New apprentices Jae Swift and Sophie Rice join Lewis Nutall and Alexandra Saunders, who started their apprenticeship in the finance team earlier this year. The apprentices are studying for their Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) across NVQ Levels 2 and 3.

Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd is one of the UK’s leading ship builders and has a proud history of training apprentices in a number of trades across the business and supporting them into full time careers.

Cammell Laird has recruited 46 apprentices over the last year alone. Since 2005, Cammell Laird has put almost 300 apprentices through its multi-award-winning apprenticeship programme – making it one of the biggest in the UK maritime industry.

The company is dedicated to investing in its apprenticeship scheme, benefitting not only Cammell Laird, but the wider Merseyside community and the future of shipbuilding in the UK.

Brian Wright, Financial Controller at Cammell Laird is responsible for managing the apprentices in the department and will act as the apprentice’s mentor to ensure the apprentices gain hands on experience and exposure to all areas of finance.

Wirral Met is a Further and Higher Education College which supports over 10,000 students every year with a range of courses from entry level to higher education.

Jane Edwards, Business Development Manager at Wirral Met College, said: “All four apprentices spend one day a week here at Wirral Met where they receive a first class education which they can put into practice within the business.

“Cammell Laird and Wirral Met College have enjoyed a strong relationship and I am always delighted to see new apprentices enter the workforce and forge successful careers. Apprenticeships ensure the development of highly skilled trades people that ultimately benefit our community here in Birkenhead.”

Speaking about her new role, Jae Swift said: “I am enjoying being part of such a great team, the responsibility and accountability for the areas I work in makes me feel like I can really make a difference.

“It’s great to watch the different vessels arrive into the Shipyard, it helps you to appreciate and understand what other departments do, and how we are all just one big jigsaw working to get the job done.”

Sophie Rice added: “I already feel like a valued member of the Cammell Laird team, the opportunity to achieve qualifications whilst gaining valuable on the job experience is so beneficial to young people.”

Mike Hill, Managing Director of Cammell Laird, said: “I am delighted to welcome the latest intake of finance apprentices to Cammell Laird and look forward to seeing them establish successful careers with the company, and in addition, along with all apprentices across the business, playing their part in driving our business transformation strategy over the coming years.”