Boatbuilding Apprenticeship

Qualification: Advanced
Level 3

There are start dates for this apprenticeship throughout the year. Please apply and our apprenticeship team will be in contact with you to discuss.

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About this apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is suitable for you if you want to start a career or develop your existing skills in marine as a boatbuilder.  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 boatbuilder.

Boatbuilders are responsible for building, refitting and repairing marine craft, such as yachts, workboats and superyachts.

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What you will learn

As a Boatbuilder apprentice, you will manufacture and assemble components that form the structure of a boat as well as working on the interior and exterior fit-out of each marine craft.  You will also be required to read and interpret engineering and technical drawings to produce moulds, jigs, plugs and templates to create complex shapes using a variety of measuring equipment, machines and hand tools. 

You will use carpentry, electrical, plumbing and welding skills to become a boat builder.  The work could involve constructing frameworks, hulls and decks.  You’ll be working as craftspeople and taking up more complex work without direct supervision.

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 the 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

There are three main Marine Boatbuilder orientated categories to this apprenticeship – Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours. More detailed information can be found on the apprenticeship standard document here.  

This apprenticeship includes level 3 Diploma in Boatbuilding.

Learning style

As an apprentice, you can expect to undertake work-based learning with an employer and to be paid a wage.

You will attend college on a weekly basis 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 provided by the employer. You will be assigned an assessor who will help guide you through the entire apprenticeship.


Our Marine Skills Centre provides a fantastic learning environment with industry-standard equipment, where you can learn everything you need for you to begin your Marine Boatbuilding career.  We have industry experts, who will be on hand to teach and guide you through and answer any questions you may have.

Entry requirements

Candidates will typically require a minimum of GCSE Grades of E/2, which must include English and maths.  You will need to provide evidence of this prior to starting your apprenticeship.  If you have not already achieved these in English and maths, you will be required to do so before completing your apprenticeship – we can help you with this.

To start an apprenticeship you will need an employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice.  If you already have an employer please contact us.  If not, don't worry, you can see our current apprenticeship vacancies, which is regularly updated. 

You must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom.

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

Course length & fees
  • Fees:
  • Course Length: 48 months
  • Campus: Marine Skills Centre
What next?

Successful completion of this apprenticeship could help you progress to further career opportunities in the marine sector. This could include a higher level qualification such as an HNC or degree apprenticeship in ship and boatbuilding or design and production.

Additional information

Information for Employers

Off-the-job training

Each apprenticeship must include 20% off-the-job training, which amounts to 20% of the apprentice’s contracted employment hours across the whole apprenticeship.  Off-the-job training is any learning undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship.  Examples of this would be shadowing colleagues, attending supplier meetings, taking external courses Toolbox talks etc.

End Point Assessment

Each apprentice will need to undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of their apprenticeship.  It measures the skills, knowledge and behaviours each apprentice has developed.  

An apprentice can only take this assessment once all other aspects of the apprenticeship have been completed.  An apprentice needs to be completely ready to take this assessment and the employer and assessor will decide when the time is right.  A declaration will be signed by both the employer, apprentice and the assessor.  If the apprentice fails the assessment, then there will be a re-sit charge, which is generally paid by the employer.

The EPA consists of:

1)  Work Based Projects - portfolio of evidence                 

2)  Viva interview - 60 mins in duration and consists of a verbal presentation (20-25mins), on the work they have produced within the work based projects. Followed by a professional discussion and competency based questions.

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