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Boat Building

Course Code: AP2, AP3

Level: 2, 3
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: EAL
Qualification: Apprenticeship, City & Guilds
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two to four years
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

Boatbuilders build boats such as yachts, workboats and superyachts and/or refit and repair existing boats. Boats may be made of composites, metals or wood so a boatbuilder can work with and understand the capabilities of a variety of materials. They can 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. They manufacture and assemble components that form the structure of a boat as well as the interior and exterior fit out.

On this course, you will be expected to work both individually and as part of a team. You will understand and comply with organisational and statutory safety including sustainability requirements and can work with minimum supervision. You will also be responsible for the quality and accuracy of your work and you will become a good communicator and problem solver.

Boatbuilders typically work with associated trades such as marine engineering and have a strong understanding of the marine industry. Upon successful completion of their apprenticeship, the individual will be multi-skilled and thus capable of adapting to changing demands as boats become more complex, and new materials and methods are introduced.

What you'll learn

The Intermediate Apprenticeship Framework will include:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma – completed at work with the help of a College assessor
  • Level 2 Technical Diploma – completed at work with various tutors
  • Functional Skills for maths, English and ICT level 1 or (Subject to GCSE grades) working towards Level 2 Maths and English – completed at College
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) – Independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective thinking, team working, self-management and effective participation – completed at work alongside the NVQ
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) – completed at work and at College

The Advanced Apprenticeship Framework will include:

  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Marine Engineering
  • functional skills maths and English ICT at Level 2
  • ERR – Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) – independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective thinking, team working, self-management and effective participation
  • Apprenticeship Standard – Boatbuilder Level 3

You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of the following behaviours:

  • appropriate safety behaviours individually and towards others
  • a commitment to quality and continuous improvement
  • commercial and market awareness and business acumen
  • ability to communicate at all levels of the organisation
  • an ability to work effectively individually and as part of a team
  • a recognition and appreciation of equality and diversity in the workplace
  • strong work ethic, motivated, committed, meticulous, reliable, proactive and adaptable
Entry requirements

Acceptance on these Apprenticeships is via Initial Assessment and the most suitable Apprenticeship route will be discussed with the employer.

For the Apprenticeship Level 3 Boatbuilder Standard, candidates will need GCSEs (or equivalent) at A*-C in maths, English, a science, and technology. An apprentice without level 2 English and maths on entry, must achieve this level before taking the end-point assessment.


Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. Just complete and return an application form.