A defence company has teamed up with a shipyard in Poland to launch a new international apprentice exchange programme.

Babcock International and PGZ-SW are maximising their existing relationship following Babcock’s selection as the platform design provider and technology partner for Poland’s MIECZNIK frigate programme.

PGZ-SW is leading the build of the frigates at its facilities in Gdynia. 

Dunfermline Press: Babcock International has teamed up with a shipyard in Poland.Babcock International has teamed up with a shipyard in Poland. (Image: Babcock International)

Brandon and Ryan, both newly qualified apprentices from Babcock’s Rosyth site, along with Damian and Jakub, student workers from PGZ-SW, have spent two weeks participating in a pilot for the new exchange programme.

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Brandon and Ryan got the chance to visit Gdynia in the first week where they got to gain experience at the shipyard.

Jakub and Damian also hosted Brandon and Ryan at CKZiU technical college, where they were shown what a typical day looks like for Polish students.

The following week Jakub and Damian visited the Rosyth facility.

Phil Craig, managing director for International Shipbuilding, said: “We are delighted to have launched the pilot programme which we can use to tailor a full roll out of activity next summer.

“Through this initiative, we are strengthening our relationship with Gdynia and PGZ-SW shipyard, whilst supporting and promoting our Early Careers ambitions for young people working at Babcock.”

He added: “It’s mutually beneficial for both Babcock and PGZ-SW to work together and this unique experience offers Babcock apprentices the opportunity to work internationally and build links overseas.”

Both Fife College and CKZiU are working in collaboration with Babcock and PGZ-SW on supporting the exchanges.

Miles Lagan, head of business development at Fife College, said: “We were delighted to welcome Damian and Jakub, along with Brandon and Ryan, to our Rosyth campus and to show our support for this exciting international apprentice exchange programme.

"They were able to see how we deliver modern apprenticeships and had the opportunity to observe apprentices learning and honing key skills in our state of the art workshop environment.”