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Develop your career with the Boatbuilding Apprenticeship Level 3 Standard

Would you like to learn more about boatbuilding and get paid whilst learning? 

As a boatbuilding Apprentice, you will be working in the marine industry which could involve working on building yachts, workboats, superyachts and/or refitting and repairing existing boats. You will develop your skills to the highest standards on this 4-year Apprenticeship programme. 

If you are interested in undertaking your Boatbuilding Level 3 Apprenticeship, then you already know that you enjoy using your practical skills and solving problems in the marine industry.

What you can expect from your Boatbuilding Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

You will be provided with all the training necessary to gain your City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Boatbuilding (Foundation), Level 3 Diploma in Boatbuilding (Advanced), and functional skills Level 2 Maths and English over a 48-month period of training. 

To work in the boatbuilding and marine industry you must be passionate about watercraft and enjoy working in a practical marine environment. This Apprenticeship is suited to learners with the following skills:

  • Excellent practical skills
  • The ability to work quickly with attention to detail
  • The ability to work without supervision
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to follow written and verbal instructions
  • A reasonable level of fitness 


Foundation phase (months 1 - 25)

The training in the foundation phase prepares you will all the skills and knowledge required to qualify with the Level 2 Diploma in Boatbuilding (Foundation) and includes:

  • Identify boatbuilding materials, their reaction to the environment and their properties
  • Use certain tools, equipment and materials for boat assembly and sub-assembly
  • Complete a variety of boatbuilding tasks using a variety of materials - wood, composites and metals
  • Understand the principles of boat construction
  • How to interpret drawings, instructions regulation and relevant codes of practice
  • Develop business improvement technique


Development phase (months 18 - 42)

Following the skills and knowledge gained during the Level 2 Diploma in Boatbuilding (foundation), you will be trained at an advanced level to prepare for the Level 3 Diploma in Boatbuilding in the following areas:

  • Work methods, including using specialist equipment and minimising hazards and risks
  • Identifying and responding to customer needs
  • Planning and setting up projects
  • Manufacturing, assembling, disassembling and repairing components
  • Fitting out and finishing boats
  • Supporting commissioning of the boat


The final 6 months of the programme involve preparation for End-point assessment and will involve a work based project and a number of other assessments. 

Level 3 Diploma in Boatbuilding

Up to 48 months

City & Guilds

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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.

Joshua Robbins


Your pathway to success

Becoming a qualified boatbuilder is a skill for life and can open doors to a long and rewarding career. 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. 

At Paragon Skills we are committed to inspiring you to succeed and are there to support you throughout every stage of your Boatbuilding Level 3 Apprenticeship.

We are looking for learners who are as committed and as passionate as we are. If this is you, then contact us today about the opportunities available to you with a boatbuilding Apprenticeship.


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