Babcock backs Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021

Babcock backs Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021

Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence company, is gearing up to showcase its emerging talent and the opportunities that apprenticeships bring throughout this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week from 1-5 March.

The company is celebrating the ‘Business Backing Talent’ themed week by profiling the experiences of a selection of its apprentices in Scotland on LinkedIn. Across Babcock’s four-year programme, there are currently 93 individuals working towards their apprenticeship at Rosyth. This will increase later this year, when Babcock takes on another 40 apprentices at the Fife site across Electrical, Pipework, Welding and Mechanical disciplines.

Nicole Pedley is a first year Apprentice Electrical Fitter at Rosyth. The 25-year-old said: “I applied for the apprenticeship because I wanted to learn a trade and have a career that was hands-on.

“I chose to apply for a Babcock apprenticeship because it has a really good reputation. Being involved with a company that operates internationally, has interesting projects and embraces inclusion and diversity, is something that is important to me.

Nicole, who will learn how to fit, repair, maintain and diagnose electrical circuits during her apprenticeship, added: “The apprenticeship has been amazing so far. I love a challenge and sometimes it is exactly that, especially with all the new terminology that I’m learning. There are lots of opportunities to progress within the workplace – I’m glad I pursued this path.”

Joining Nicole on the apprenticeship scheme, which offers a mixture of college-based and on-the-job learning, is 38-year-old Kenneth Kirby – a first year Apprentice Welder.

Kenneth, who lives in Cowdenbeath and is a former St Columba’s High School pupil, said:

“When I was offered a place on the apprenticeship, I felt extremely excited and proud to have accomplished this in my late thirties. I had prepared for the opportunity a year in advance by attending college to complete a National Certificate (NC) qualification in Fabrication and Welding.

“Everyone involved with the training and organisation has been professional and welcoming, and have already made me feel like part of the Babcock team. The training has been interesting and challenging, and I feel like I am doing something very worthwhile.

“I would recommend a Babcock apprenticeship to anyone thinking about it – no matter how old you are.”

Sean Donaldson, Babcock’s Managing Director of Energy & Marine, started as an Apprentice Electrical Fitter at Rosyth in August 1984.

He said: “We recruit, develop and value people with a passion for technology and innovation, and there are a range of exciting projects at Rosyth that our apprentices can get involved in.

“Over the last decade, Babcock has invested substantially in its Rosyth facility – transforming the site into one of the UK’s most modern maritime support facilities.

“My advice to all apprentices, including the 40 joining us in September, would be to listen and learn from your colleagues, work hard and enjoy yourself along the way.

“We look forward to welcoming our new recruits to the Rosyth team.”

The Apprenticeship Programme at Rosyth is currently recruiting for 2021. Further information on all the available opportunities can be found here: