Marine Apprenticeship

Qualification: Advanced
Level 3

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About the course

This apprenticeship is suitable for you if you want to start a career or develop your existing skills in Marine Engineering, Marine Electrical or Boat Building. As a marine apprentice you will mostly work under the supervision of others and undertake tasks such as boat handling, support, repair and outfitting. You will develop the practical skills and technical knowledge required to work as a professional and competent marine engineer, electrician or boat builder.

What you will learn

You will use carpentry, electrical, plumbing, welding and engineering skills or become a marine engineer to service and repair boat engines. The work could involve constructing frameworks, hulls and decks – even installing parts such as engines, propellers and steering systems. You’ll be working as craftspeople and taking up more complex work without direct supervision on this advanced apprenticeship. 

Marine Engineering tasks typically include:

  • Marking out construction materials using engineering design templates
  • Welding, cutting and shaping parts or sections
  • Assembling boat sections and pipe work
  • Fitting out the vessel with furnishings, heating and lighting as well as navigation and communications equipment

 Marine Electrical tasks typically include:

  • Electrical / Electronic Installation and Testing
  • Electrical Maintenance and Overhaul
  • Pipework
  • Structural Steelwork
  • Mechanical installation and Testing
  • Mechanical Maintenance
  • Mechanical Overhaul
  • Woodwork/Outfitting
  • Interior Finishing
  • Composites
  • Sheet Metalwork
  • Marine Welding
  • Coating
  • Rigging
  • Yacht and Boat Electrical / Electronic Installation
  • Yacht and Boat Mechanical Installation
  • Yacht and Boat Electromechanical Installation
  • Yacht and Boat Maintenance and Repair
  • Yacht and Boat Electromechanical Installation
  • Wooden Yacht and Boat Building
  • Yacht and Boat Coating / Finishing
  • Marine Outfitting

Boat-Building tasks typically include:

  • Manufacture or repair components to the required specification
  • Move components using the appropriate safe methods
  • Check components for robustness, fit and tolerances
  • Analyse problems with machinery, equipment, tools and material, proposing/implementing solutions where appropriate
  • Move, shape and manipulate components to achieve best fit
  • Select and use appropriate methods for holding materials and components in place during assembly, and for the connecting, fixing and assembly of materials and components
  • Select suitable methods of repair that are effective and maintain original construction
  • Select suitable methods for fault finding and analysis
  • Make repairs


Learning style

As an apprentice you can expect to undertake work based learning with an employer and to be paid a wage. The apprenticeship will include an NVQ diploma, functional skills and knowledge based element or technical certificate.

Entry requirements

A full assessment will take place to ensure you have the skills to complete the qualification. As this is an advanced apprenticeship, all applicants will require GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 in English and maths (or equivalent), or can demonstrate through the assessment process that they will be able to achieve this. By completing a workplace audit the Apprenticeship Coordinator will be able to establish whether you are covering the right level of tasks in the workplace to support the criteria necessary for the on-site evidence.

Note - You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto an apprenticeship.

What next?
  • Yacht and Boat Builder
  • Marine Electrician
  • Laminator
  • Marine Engineer
Additional information

You will attend college one day a week to ensure you get the support you need to succeed. The rest of the training will take place in the workplace with in-house training by the employer and an assessor who will visit you on site.

Employer Information

Evidence of knowledge and competency can be obtained through: observations in the workplace, physical products of work, reports, plans, online assessments, correspondence, witness testimony, discussion and questioning.

Apprentices will also be assigned an Assessor, who will visit them every 12 weeks to ensure they are happy with their progress and on track to achieve.

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