Apprentices from Falmouth-based superyacht yard Pendennis have spent a busy week working out in the community.

Dubbed “Pendennis Community Week” the apprentices were given a wide range of tasks in and around Falmouth, including painting the changing rooms at the Dracaena Centre, gardening and general ground maintenance at Barncoose Hospital and marshalling at the St Piran’s Day Parade through the town.

The major project of the week was at Penryn Primary Academy, where a team of apprentices spent the whole week building benches and planters for the key stage one area, and seating and a pagoda shelter for the children in the school's ARB unit.

On Friday the apprentices and their supervisors were invited to the academy for the official opening of these new areas. Headteacher at Penryn Primary Academy, James Hitchens, said: “The team at Pendennis have been fantastic to work with. All of the apprentices and their supervisors have worked extremely hard to provide us with these wonderful resources, which will benefit our school community so much.”

The work was timed to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week.

Steve Hancock, the training manager at Pendennis who co-ordinated the apprentices’ schedule for the week, said: “Seeing the difference that our apprentices have made to so many local good causes and community projects has been wonderful to witness.

"The apprenticeship programme at Pendennis is about so much more than just training a young person to be a great engineer, joiner or an electrician. We are interested in developing the whole person – volunteering and working in mixed discipline teams provides essential experience and the apprentices have had a fantastic and rewarding week.”