Babcock International Group, the Aerospace and Defence company, has welcomed more than 50 new apprentices and graduates to its Rosyth facility.

The 42 apprentices and 13 graduates will support a variety of projects and business areas at Rosyth, from the Type 31 frigates to Advanced Manufacturing.

The breakdown of the apprentice roles ranges from Welders, Fabricators and Pipe Workers, to Electrical Fitters, Mechanical Fitters and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machinists, while the graduates include Process Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Electrical Engineers and Structural Engineers.

Sean Donaldson, Managing Director of Babcock’s Rosyth site, who himself started at Rosyth as an Apprentice Electrical Fitter, said: “We are really excited to welcome our new graduates and apprentices to the Rosyth site, and to help the business develop its next generation of talent.

“This is a significant number of new apprentices that we have recruited made possible due to the Type 31 frigate contract that Babcock was awarded last year. A number of our apprentices will support this important work to provide the UK Royal Navy with a fleet of five new general purpose frigates.”

The apprentices and graduates undertook a thorough application process, including online testing and virtual interviews due to the current pandemic, with those selected recently becoming Babcock employees.

Marc O'Hear couldn’t wait to start his role as Electrical Apprentice at our Rosyth site, which is his first full-time job since leaving school. The 17-year-old said:

“I had heard that Babcock was a great company to work for and the apprenticeship scheme was highly regarded. “I’m looking forward to working on the Rosyth site, learning as much as possible and expanding my knowledge. “The opportunities and benefits with Babcock are great, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.” Meanwhile, Kirsten Bateman, a new Process Engineer Graduate at our Rosyth site, was 2 delighted when she received the good news that she had secured a place on the popular graduate programme.

The Heriot-Watt University graduate, who has also been getting involved in Babcock’s important STEM work with schools, said: “I was so pleased to be offered a place on the graduate scheme, especially with the current situation with COVID-19, which is making it more challenging to secure employment. “I’m really enjoying it so far – I am learning a lot and everyone has been so friendly and helpful. There is always someone available to guide me through things. “I’m currently working with our LGE (Liquid Gas Equipment) area of the business, which has fantastic opportunities for Process Engineers. Developing my skills, knowledge and experience in a professional environment is a really exciting prospect.”

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