How to apply for the 40-week boat building course

Boat Building, Maintenance and Support incorporating the Level 3 Diploma in Boatbuilding (Advanced) (2473-03), by City & Guilds

We do not believe that formal qualifications or any form of test are helpful in assessing whether candidates will complete the 40 week course successfully. We look for a mature attitude, motivation and a clear enthusiasm and willingness to pursue the highest standards, as well as basic English and Maths skills (equivalent to Functional Skills Level 1). Application and dedication to attaining the skills are key, regardless of whether people want to use the skills to work in the marine industry, are taking a sabbatical or learning purely for their own satisfaction.

All potential ‘long’ course students are asked to send a simple CV and to visit the Academy. You will be taken on a tour of the workshops, giving you the opportunity to see what work is being produced and what boats are being built. You will be introduced to staff and students and, if you are interested in living ‘on-site’, will be shown the accommodation. After looking round the Academy you will then undergo an interview to discuss why you want to join the course, what you hope to achieve on it and how you hope to use your newly gained skills at the end of the course.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of joining the Academy. The interview process is constructed to give you a feel for the work and life of the Academy and enable you to make an informed decision about whether the training, intensive and highly practical, is appropriate for you.

Your visit will last between between 1-2 hours. If you are a suitable candidate the Director will offer you a place at the end of the interview and give you a booking form (booking forms for longer courses are not available online). Once you have visited us and received a booking form you are eligible to reserve a place on any future course that has free places.

Please telephone us on 01297 445545 or email to make an appointment for interview.

In exceptional circumstances, if people are unable to visit, we will conduct a telephone/zoom interview at a mutually agreed time. If the interview is satisfactory you will be offered a place on the course and sent a booking form.