BAE Systems apprentices in Glasgow have been given a unique opportunity to learn the ropes working alongside skilled engineers.

The group has been carrying out significant repairs of ‘PUSH ON’, the work boat used to support the P.S Waverley.

The apprentices have been working hard to ensure the work boat is in top shape to support the P.S Waverley which is the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer, based on the Clyde.

This work is aiming to ensure the P.S Waverley continues to play a significant part in the heritage of shipbuilding in Glasgow.

Bosses said the project has been “a fantastic opportunity” for apprentices to give back to the local community while continuing to develop their skills.

The team has also helped to extend the life of the vessel which was built on the Clyde over 70 years ago.

Eddie Purves, shipbuild delivery director, naval ships, praised the project.

He said: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with the Waverley to help ensure this vital piece of Clyde shipbuilding heritage is maintained for future generations.  

“We have been supporting the Waverley since 2014 and it has proven to be immensely beneficial for both our apprentices that have been involved and who benefit from working on a ship with equipment which they are unlikely to have dealt with before, whilst also helping to support a unique heritage project.”