Level 3 Apprenticeship

Who is the apprenticeship for?

The marine industry is at the forefront of innovation, pioneering new technology, world-renowned craftsmanship and a world leader in design. There is huge scope for career development in this industry, so if you like being hands-on and have a passion for all things marine engineering and boat building, this could be the career path for you.

As a boat building apprentice, you’ll work under the supervision of others to complete tasks including boat handling, support, repair and outfitting.

Level 3 Diploma in Boatbuilding

Up to 48 months

City & Guilds

What will you learn?

You will be given training in installation and repair of on-board electrical, environmental and propulsion systems focusing primarily on internal systems. You’ll develop the skills required to work as a professional boatbuilder responsible for building, re-fitting and reparing marine craft including yachts, workboats and superyachts.

How will you learn?

Our Personal Tutors will deliver high-quality face-to-face learning and coaching and provide all the resources you will need to progress quickly. Our intuitive learner management system ‘Bud’ will really bring the subject to life through interactive learning tools, access to complementary online resources and relevant social communities, as well as provide real-time information so that you will always know where you’re at in your learner journey.

This apprenticeship will develop your employees’ knowledge, skills and behaviours in the following areas:


  • Tools & equipment safety
  • Safety signs
  • Evacuation procedures
  • Common causes of fires
  • External boat components
  • FRP manufacture


  • Boat building technology
  • Business improvement techniques
  • Traditional wooden boat building
  • Interior installation & fitting
  • Yacht & boat building assembly & sub-assembly
  • Wet layup vacuum bagging and vacuum infusion techniques


  • Team building
  • Ownership/responsibility
  • Developing self
  • Team working
  • Presentation skills

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Your pathway to success

As a worker in the marine industry, you may already be looking to develop your specialist skills and looking to progress further in roles such as Marine Surveyor, Marina Manager, Yacht Broker or Skipper.

Diverse career opportunities are available in the leisure, small commercial and superyacht industry. Over 4400 companies with a combined worth of nearly £3 billion have a variety of career opportunities that could suit you. The industry is also at the forefront of innovation, pioneering new technology, world-renowned craftsmanship and a world leader in design.


How do we employ an apprentice?

We can help you find the right apprentice for your business. If you are looking to employ an apprentice you can learn more about the process on our Employing an apprentice page, or you can call us to discuss your requirements on 0800 783 2545.

How much does apprenticeship training cost?

The cost of an apprenticeship varies and is dependent on the level and Standard or Framework. To find out which Standards or Frameworks best meet your business needs, and the cost of these, speak to your training provider.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

In the sectors we work in, an apprenticeship takes 12 to 48 months, however this can vary depending on the hours worked, the industry sector and level of qualification.


Joshua Robbins

This has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life and it has given me a unique set of skills to help me further my career in the marine industry. Before I started this course, I had no idea what I wanted to do with regards to my career but now that has completely changed.

Apprenticeships in this sector

  • Level 2 apprenticeship

    This apprenticeship is ideal for any of your employees who work within a marina (including coastal, inland, river, waterway docks, basins with moorings and services for vessels) or a boatyard setting (waterside locations where vessels are built, maintained, docked, or stored) and are responsible for the safe, effective and efficient running of your environment.

    Level 2 Marina & Boatyard Operative
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  • Level 3 apprenticeship

    This apprenticeship is ideal for any of your employees who work on marine craft including yachts, commercial craft and superyachts in a boat building or restoration role.

    These employees will manufacture, assemble, strip, repair and re-build components, learn to install, maintain, fault find and repair marine engines, ancillary systems and equipment.

    Marine Engineering Standards Level 3
    48 months City & Guilds
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