Marine – Boatbuilding Apprenticeship Level 2 (Foundation)


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You can launch the boatbuilding career you have always wanted thanks to this learning opportunity.

This apprenticeship is suitable for you if you have been offered employment or are already working within the marine sector.

You will learn to manufacture and assemble components as well as understand all organisational and statutory safety requirements.

You will also improve your problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills

By the end you will be multi-skilled and therefore capable of adapting to changing customer demands as boats become more complex and new materials and methods are introduced.

Why choose Brock for Marine – Boatbuilding Apprenticeship Level 2 (Foundation)?

At Brockenhurst College our marine division comprises six teaching and assessing staff. Between them they have a combined 150 years of experience in the marine sector, bringing expertise in:

  • Traditional boatbuilding
  • Modern boatbuilding
  • Naval architecture
  • Marine electrical
  • Piloting
  • Marine surveying

You can also benefit from our relationships with universities, giving you new progression opportunities.

Teaching & learning

This apprenticeship is driven by both coursework and practical ability attainment, enabling you to acquire and demonstrate the skills, knowledge and behaviours of a professional boatbuilder.

Importantly, you will progress from a ‘Foundation’ phase of learning to a ‘Development’ phase, and finally to your End Point Assessment (EPA).

You will learn using blended learning techniques in both the classroom and workshops.

Training structure

The programme standard is focused on knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of a boatbuilder.

You will study the following units:

  • Introduction to the marine industry
  • Principles of boatbuilding technology
  • Business improvement techniques
  • Production of external boat components
  • Manufacture for marine construction

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above to include:

  • Maths grade 4 
  • English grade 4

How will I be assessed?

You will be awarded a ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ based on your performance in the EPA, which involves an interview about a work-based project that is evidenced in your learning portfolio.

The work-based project will require you to evaluate a need, design a solution, and manufacture/repair items to meet a work-based problem or problems. Project design briefs will be set by the assessment organisation.

What can I do with this Apprenticeship?

After completing the ‘Development’ phase and EPA you will be recognised by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) at ‘Engineering Technician’ level.

This qualification will also provide you with a range of transferable skills related to the production, manufacturing, service and construction sectors.

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