Working Safely at A&P means big donations for charities

by tocle on December 5th, 2014 - Comments Off

A&P North East have once again shown that Health & Safety is a top priority for their sites on the Tyne and Tees Rivers. As part of an incentive scheme for the workforce which allows staff to raise any concerns/improvements, A&P have also used this to raise money for charity. Each ACCE card (Accident, Control, Care of Environment) that is filled in equates to a cash amount. This is added up over the month. At random one card is picked from the hat which means a cash prize for the lucky winner and also a donation to a charity of their choice.

Managing Director, Darren Brown commented, “The commitment to HSEQ at A&P shown by our workforce is first class. We have an excellent, experienced team working hard but critically in a safe, efficient manner. Time and time again our team have proven by completing tasks in a safe manner, with care to our environment and right first time is the most cost effective, efficient and safe way of working.

Not only is it of benefit to A&P but to our clients and of course now these well deserving charities chosen by the workforce”.

The below are just some of the charities that have benefitted from the scheme.

macmillan zoes

nspcc cashforkids gracehouse mesothelioma

Plea for festive messages to RFA Argus this Christmas

by tocle on November 24th, 2014 - Comments Off

Plea for festive messages to RFA Argus this Christmas

PLANS are underway for a heartfelt festive video message to be sent from Falmouth to the RFA Argus – giving the 360 crew on board a morale boost in time for Christmas.

Thousands waved off the medical ship as she left her home port of Falmouth in October en route to Sierra Leone, where she is now assisting in the fight against Ebola.

Spearheaded by Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton, and taken to heart by A&P Falmouth and Falmouth University, the video has been titled Happy Christmas RFA Argus, Love Falmouth.

The idea is to send a short video message full of good wishes from the local community to those on board the RFA Argus this Christmas.

Sarah Newton said: “’I am delighted that A&P and Falmouth University have come together, enabling the making of a Christmas message for the crew of RFA Argus. We are all very proud of her crew and the vital work they do. I hope as many local organisations as possible will get involved so we wish can them a Happy Christmas in the true Falmouth style!”

Peter Child, Managing Director of A&P Falmouth, said: “We know how difficult it is being away from home and loved ones at Christmas. Those on board RFA Argus have a vital job to do and we want to take this opportunity to show them just how grateful we are.

“As its home port, Falmouth has long-standing relations with the RFA Argus and we hope the whole town will get behind us and help send a little bit of home to the ship this festive season.”

The team behind the video, which will be released on YouTube the week before Christmas, are appealing for local organisations, schools and businesses to get involved by recording their own brief messages or taking photos to be included in the video.

Ideas include musical tributes, fancy dress or holding up homemade signs and cards. Mrs Newton will be recording her own video tribute and A&P Falmouth is planning a suitably jolly missive.

Mr Child said: “Why not record a message during school assembly or take a photo of your sports team or business sending Christmas wishes? It can be poignant, humorous or celebratory – it really is up to you. It only takes five minutes and every single message will be a reminder to those on board the RFA Argus of how much we appreciate what they are doing. Please get involved.”

A book of Christmas messages has been opened by Falmouth Town Council, and held in the library, for anyone who would like to send a greeting.

Videos and photos should be sent to sarah.newton.mp@parliament.uk. The deadline for submissions is Monday, December 8.

Messages can also be left on the Facebook page, Happy Christmas RFA Argus, Love Falmouth.

The A&P Group has a contract to support and maintain RFA ships, including the Argus, at home and abroad until at least 2018. The Cluster Support Programme, introduced in 2008, brings together grouped contracts of vessels, hence Clusters, for longer terms with benefits of improved maintenance of platforms, increased availability and value for money.

The Cluster Support Team is based in Falmouth and consists of UK MoD and A&P personnel along with serving ship staff (in shore posts). Working together A&P Cluster Director, Gerald Pitts and MoD Cluster Team Leader, Kevin Murray, ensure all aspects of engineering support are managed and delivered, maintaining capability and availability of each platform around the globe 24 hours a day.

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A&P Falmouth welcomes it’s 3 newest recruits

by tocle on October 22nd, 2014 - Comments Off

A&P Falmouth welcomes it’s 3 newest recruits

(pictured l-r) Will Leedham, Richard Hudd and Sam Perry

Following the recruitment of five apprentices in 2013 A&P has recruited another three new apprentices this year: Will Leedham (18) from Truro who has studied at the Falmouth Marine School for the last 2 years and Richard Hudd (22) from Par near St Austell, and also previously studied at the Falmouth Marine School before working for the MoD at Abbey Wood in Bristol and Royal Mail, both have joined our Fitters department.  Sam Perry (20) is from Penryn and has joined the Pipe/Fab department having previously attended Camborne College and worked for Tyrone Snell achieving a level 2 fabrication/welding qualification.

All three are studying and working towards their NVQ Level 3 Framework qualification and looking forward to their futures with the company. A&P Falmouth now has 8 apprentices ranging in age from 19 – 31, and are looking to take on more in 2015.

 

 

Sports kit leaves Falmouth bound for Orphanage

by tocle on July 15th, 2014 - Comments Off

Sports kit leaves Falmouth bound for Orphanage

The second shipment to All as One Orphanage in Sierra Leone is on its way onboard Belt Shipmanagement’s vessel Gypsum Integrity.

A&P Falmouth yard has been collecting sports equipment for several weeks culminating in loading on the vessel in the early hours of 1 July.

Penny Phillips, Executive Assistant at A&P Falmouth, who has co-ordinated the shipment said, “we were told that the kids have no sports equipment and this was needed to ensure they keep fit and stay healthy, so the pressure was on to get everything together by the sailing date.  We were also told that the kids would love anything to do with the England Football Team, and as we know, as fate would have it, England were knocked out early in the competition meaning the England kit tumbled in price and we were able to buy a load at half price”.

The local community, local football teams, a sports shop and A&P employees showed their generosity once more and among the items sent out were football strips; an exercise machine, footballs, rugby balls, tennis rackets, badminton rackets, table tennis rackets, a pool table, exercise mats and baseball and cricket equipment.

The photo shows one of the crew of Gypsum Integrity trying out a bike that was also donated, with the donations piled up behind him in the forecastle of the ship.

The first shipment from A&P Falmouth to the All as One Orphanage in Sierra Leone was a container full of toys, which was taken out in November 2013 onboard CSL Argosy, a sister ship to Gypsum Integrity.