BABCOCK has welcomed its latest recruits to its Rosyth base.

A total of 32 apprentices and graduates were chosen from hundreds of candidates to become the next generation of workers at the site.

The new team members will support existing marine and engineering capability, from welders, fabricators and fitters to naval architects, project managers and supply chain specialists.

Luci, a 17-year-old first-year welding apprentice, said: “I am looking forward to learning multiple welding styles such as Tig, Mig Mag and Stick, perfecting each one and to become a fully-qualified welder one day.”

As part of the programme, apprentices will complete a hand skills awareness session where they will learn the basics of welding, mechanical and electrical engineering.

They will also attend on-site college classes in partnership with Fife College as they study towards further qualifications, ensuring a consistent, high standard of learning.

The 12 new graduates will focus on a number of projects across the site, including project management, sustainability and innovation.

Anna, a project management graduate, added: “I can’t wait to get involved in different projects across the business and work alongside a variety of functions to develop new and existing skills.

"I am especially looking forward to engaging in STEM and university activities to inspire more young females to pursue a career in engineering."

Sean Donaldson, managing director for Babcock Marine Engineering & Systems and Rosyth site, said: "We received a host of first-class applications, and I look forward to all our new-starts becoming an integral part of our organisation."