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Pete - Maritime Services Apprenticeship

Pete Savage - Able Seaman (AB), HMNB Portsmouth

Our UK Maritime Services business is passionate about bringing in new talent and has been an active employer of apprentices for some years, many of whom have gone on to have successful careers with us.  One employee who knows exactly what it is like to be on an apprenticeship scheme in Maritime Services is Pete Savage.

What do you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
I really like the working environment; you feel like you’ve been here a long time.  All the crews make you feel really welcome - they are so willing to go out of their way to help you progress.

Any particular highlights?
A highlight would be going to Key West in Florida. Not many people can say they’ve sailed across the Atlantic!

Another highlight is being part of the crew bringing the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft carriers in and out of port. It’s surreal to see them so close up, you don’t realise how big they are. So many people take photos from miles away and you’re the one tying the carrier up.

How do you feel the scheme beneļ¬ts you?
I’m getting a good training, I’ve got good people behind me supporting my decisions. The ABs here are so experienced, they really know what they are doing and it’s good to learn from experienced people.

What do you get involved with on a day to day basis?
I always come in in the morning and get a cup of tea, then I assit the ABs with deck work. It’s very dangerous on deck when the vessels are underway so it’s important to learn where to stand. We get the lines and winches ready and carry out maintenance, that sort of thing. I have been getting a lot of experience from the AB’s, and today helped with the Lloyds Survey, learning what to do as this is the sort of work that I will be undertaking.

What would you say to someone considering an apprenticeship with Serco or in HMNB Portsmouth?
Do it!  You’ve got people backing you all the way at Serco and you are constantly learning on the job. Even if you’re thinking of a career change and going back to being an apprentice go for it.


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