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, re-fitting and repairing marine craft such as yachts, workboats and superyachts.

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What you will learn

As a Boatbuilding 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 or 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 on this apprenticeship. 

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. 

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.

Entry requirements

Each employer will state their own requirements but you should have GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C (or equivalent) in English, maths and a relevant science.

If you have not already achieved level 2 English and maths, you will be required to have completed your exams in these subjects prior to the completion of your apprenticeship.

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 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

Each apprenticeship needs to include 20% off-the-job training. This must amount to 20% of the apprentice’s contracted employment hours across the whole apprenticeship. Off-the-job training is learning undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship.

End Point Assessment
Each apprentice will need an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of their apprenticeship. It measures the skills, knowledge and behaviours each apprentice has developed. Employers will decide when the apprentice is ready to be assessed.

The EPA will consist of a professional written report, presentation and interview.

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