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Marine Industry

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From large luxury powerboats and sports boats to wooden dinghies and narrowboats, the marine industry encompasses a wide range of professions dealing with watercraft. This Apprenticeship has several pathways covering aspects of boat building, maintenance and repair; marine engineering; electrics and electronics; and maintenance.


As an apprentice, you could learn a variety of skills and techniques to build boats of all sizes and for all functions. You might use carpentry, electrical, plumbing and welding skills as well as more traditional maritime craft skills like rigging and sailmaking. The work could involve constructing frameworks, hulls and decks – even installing parts such as engines, propellers and steering systems.

Most apprentices will work under the supervision of others and undertake tasks such as boat handling, support, repair, and outfitting.

Apprentices on the Advanced Apprenticeship will be working as craftspeople and taking up more complex work without direct supervision. Many career paths stem from this Apprenticeship – at the end of it, you’ll have a large range of skills and the practical experience needed to get ahead in the industry.

Job Roles

Level 2 (Apprenticeship)

  • Boat builder
  • Laminator
  • Marine Electrics
  • Marine Engineer

Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship)

  • Boat builder
  • Carpenter
  • Marine Electrics
  • Marine Engineer


Last Updated: 12/04/2012

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The Salary

Starting salary (once qualified): £12,000 - £17,000

The Level

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

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