We have dedicated wood and composite workshops in the heart of the extensive maritime industrial area at Ponsharden Boatyard.
This Level 3 programme is for those that want to build on their existing knowledge and skills to further develop their career prospects. You will have already completed the Level 2 apprenticeship or similar.
Falmouth Marine School has a long history of providing boat building courses. and is the only place in Cornwall where you will gain specialist training with access to dedicated workshops. Whether your dreams lie in boat building or repairing, becoming part of a professional crew, or a marine surveyor these courses will get you on the right pathway.
This four year apprenticeship is ideal if you want to become a
qualified boatbuilder and wish to work on yachts, workboats and superyachts and/or refit existing boats. During the course you
will learn safe working methods, how to identify and respond to
customer needs, plan and set-up new boat designs, manufacture
and assemble/disassemble and repair components, fit out, finish,
and support commissioning and sea trials.
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if you want to become a qualified boatbuilder.
Three GCSEs at grade 4 including English, maths, and a relevant science.
During the course you will learn safe working methods, how to identify and respond to customer needs, plan and set-up new boat designs, manufacture and assemble/disassemble and repair components, fit out, finish, and support commissioning and sea trials.
You will also build skills in composites, metals and wood and will learn to read and interpret engineering and technical drawings to produce moulds, jigs, plugs and templates.
To become commercially aware with a focus on the requirements of the customer. You will also develop the ability to communicate with all levels of the organisation alongside learning how to work individually and as part of a team.
Working in specialist wood and fibre-reinforced plastics workshops.
A higher level apprenticeship or enhanced employment prospects.
Careers in this industry
- Maintenance repairer
- Boat painter
Simon Combe Workshop Technician - Boatbuilding
Simon is a Falmouth Marine School alumni and has worked with a range of boatyards in the construction of yachts and small craft. He supervises both the wood and composite workshops at Falmouth Marine School's boatbulding training centre at Ponsharden boatyard, helping learners on a day-to-day basis with developing their practical skills, techniques and project planning. He also acts as a consultant with the College's Marine Innovation Service, assisting local businesses who wish to develop their processes and products in composite boat manufacturing.
Chris Bosanko-Green Boatbuilding Course Manager
Having grown up in Cornwall I have always had a love for the sea and dabbled in various water sports throughout my youth, with sailing being the biggest attraction.
After school, I studied construction at Cornwall College and worked as a Draughtsman in Truro until life took me in a totally different direction and away from Cornwall, for 24 years, while serving Queen and Country in both the Royal Air Force and Army.
A brief visit home to Cornwall was enough for me to fall in love with the place all over again; I made the decision to retire from the military, study towards my RYA Yachtmaster qualifications and having developed a passion for wooden boats, built using both traditional and modern methods, to pursue a new career as a boatbuilder.
I studied boatbuilding at Falmouth Marine School, while establishing my own small wooden boat building company. Later I was given the opportunity to return to Falmouth Marine School to teach the course I had previously studied. Having taught for many years in the military, I had always enjoyed teaching people new skills and was excited to be involved with educating and developing the next generation of Boatbuilders; for future years to come.
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.