Boat Build­ing and Wood­work­ing Training


Founded in 1997, the Boat Build­ing Acad­emy aims to refo­cus the art of crafts­man­ship and, while grad­u­ates do go to work for the larger mass-​production boat builders, they are equally at home in smaller yards with var­ied work in wood and com­pos­ites, or work­ing for them­selves build­ing or restor­ing boats to com­mis­sion. Some stu­dents use the skills they have gained on the 38 week boat build­ing or 8 week wood­work­ing course to set up as join­ers or fur­ni­ture makers.

All of the boat build­ing or wood­work­ing courses at the Acad­emy are inten­sive and highly prac­ti­cal, with at least 90% of student’s time spent in the work­shop; class­room time is kept to a min­i­mum. In addi­tion to gain­ing exper­tise in the prac­tice and under­pin­ning the­ory of boat build­ing and allied fields (e.g. wood­work­ing skills) some stu­dents also have the oppor­tu­nity to build their own boats as part of the long course. Few places in the world offer this as part of an inter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized qualification.

The rep­u­ta­tion of the Acad­emy in the marine indus­try is such that we are reg­u­larly approached by com­pa­nies who want to recruit peo­ple who can hit the ground run­ning, have con­fi­dence in a wide range of prac­ti­cal skills and under­stand the the­o­ries of boat con­struc­tion and fin­ish­ing. For employ­ers the more mature of the stu­dents bring a wealth of life expe­ri­ence to any job and the younger grad­u­ates have a matu­rity born from being part of a group con­sist­ing of peo­ple of dif­fer­ent ages and back­grounds liv­ing and work­ing closely together.

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Training Programs

Boat Build­ing Programs

  • City & Guilds 2463 Level 3 Cer­tifi­cate in Boat Build­ing, Main­te­nance and Sup­port (38 weeks): This is the flag­ship pro­gram for which the Acad­emy gained its inter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion as a world-​leading boat build­ing train­ing school. As part of the course some stu­dents have the oppor­tu­nity to build a boat for them to take away at the end of the course. There are two start dates per year; March through to Decem­ber and Sep­tem­ber through to June. The end of each course is cel­e­brated with the launch of course boats into Lyme Regis har­bor. For those stu­dents who are con­sid­er­ing start­ing their own busi­ness after the course the school has an excel­lent work­ing rela­tion­ship with Busi­ness Link who offers sem­i­nars and ongo­ing advice to Acad­emy students.
  • City & Guilds 6218 Level 1 Cer­tifi­cate in Basic Con­struc­tion Skills (Wood­work­ing Skills - 8 weeks): While the Wood­work­ing Skills pro­gram is cer­ti­fied by City & Guilds, the syl­labus is much wider than City & Guilds require­ments. This is reflected in the addi­tional award of a Boat Build­ing Acad­emy cer­tifi­cate. Stu­dents learn about wood and work­ing with wood - from trees and wood selec­tion through to joint­ing, lam­i­nat­ing and bend­ing. The train­ing is based on the foun­da­tion phase of the 38 week boat build­ing course. It aims to equip stu­dents with the con­fi­dence and prac­ti­cal skills that will enable them to work in the wood­work­ing indus­try. Prac­ti­cal ses­sions form the vast major­ity of the course and com­pre­hen­sive hand­outs cover all aspects, both the­ory and practical.

Short Course Programs

  • Build a Boat – Ini­tial Set-​up
  • Tra­di­tional Wooden Boat Building
  • Mod­ern Wooden Boat Building
  • Oar Mak­ing
  • Rope Work and Wire Splicing
  • Ren­o­va­tion and Finishing
  • Wooden Boat Restoration
  • Sail Mak­ing
  • Basic Wood­work­ing Skills
  • Half Model Making
  • Loft­ing Courses
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