Boat Building Apprentice

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Number of vacancies:

Company name:
Plymouth Pilots

Company location:
Unit 2, Wixenford, Plymouth, Devon, PL9 8AA

Salary per week:

8am - 5:30pm


Plymouth Pilots started building boats in 1969. Our first boat was the Plymouth Pilot 16. Our boats are used by recreational users, fishermen and also as more commercial vessels such as passenger ferries. Manufacture of our range of boats is our primary area, but we also undertake a range of other projects using GRP fibreglass so our working week can be very varied.

Due to our long heritage, the successful candidate must be prepared to work to a high standard, showing accuracy and attention to detail in order to help us continue to produce our high calibre vessels. We value people who enjoy working in this sector and in a small team. We expect all candidates to conduct themselves in a safe, professional and appropriate manner at all times. Additionally, we like to foster a collaborative environment where everyone work as a team. Whilst appropriate training will be given, basic hand tool skills are advantageous as these skills will help expedite the training required for the role.

Some of the day to day duties of this role will include:

  • Laminating
  • Finishing
  • Polishing
  • Varnishing
  • Woodwork
  • Helping to maintain a clean and safe working environment
  • General boat maintenance and repair
  • Undertaking training as required
  • Full attendance at College to support work

We are looking for an apprentice to join our team with the opportunity to become a permanent member of staff once fully trained. The apprentice will work directly with the MD and the rest of the team to gain the necessary skills to build boats and their associated parts. This vacancy is being managed by City College Plymouth.


All training is to be undertaken by City College Plymouth in conjunction with the employer. 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

Qualities and skills:

Desired skills

  • Practical skills – ability to use basic hand tools
  • Listen to and carry out instructions
  • Ability to work within a small team

Personal qualities

  • Determination to succeed
  • Punctual
  • Ability to use one’s initiative and undertake tasks when there is a need to do so
  • Someone with a proactive and enthusiastic nature, willing to learn new skills
  • Interest in the marine industry or takes enjoyment in product manufacture

Desired qualifications

Maths and English Grade C/4 and above.


For the right candidate, there may be the opportunity:

  • For the apprentice to become a full member of the team upon completion of the apprenticeship.
  • For additional training in the marine sector.

Other info:

The ideal candidate will have good timekeeping, a good sense of humour, be keen to learn and take pride in their work.