The International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) Portsmouth and Solent Marine Academy are delivering traditional boatbuilding training courses based in Boathouse 4.

Apprentices have been learning to build boats in Portsmouth Dockyard for centuries, and we are proud to continue this tradition. No experience is needed to begin training, and there are courses available for all ages.


International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) Portsmouth

IBTC - building better boatbuilders, conserving vessels, re-skilling and career changing, all within the amazing Boathouse 4.

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Solent Marine Academy

Teaching the past, training for the future.

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International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) Portsmouth

From day one students will work with their tools on real projects including the opportunity to take one of the course units at the Shipwrights School in Buckers Hard on the Beaulieu Estate.  

Our graduates now apply their shipwright skills all over the world not only in wooden boatbuilding but in a host of other transferable applications including green frame timber constructions and furniture making. Come into Boathouse 4 free of charge today to see what our students are working on and to find out more about our hands-on courses.

Solent Marine Academy

If you want to get on the water and begin a thrilling career in the marine industry, then look no further than the Solent Marine Academy at Highbury College. Based in the Historic Dockyard Boathouse 4, our marine centre of excellence is the only place to consider for your training and education.

The Solent Marine Academy is currently offering an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship comprising of a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering and EAL Level 3 NVQ Exended Diploma in Marine Engineering, which will develop all the skills you require for employment, both on and off the water. You will be supported by our fully qualified staff, all of whom have years of industry as well as academic experience, to ensure you get the most out of our unique, specialist resources.

During your studies you will enjoy the complete maritime experience for your chosen career in the industry. The Academy is located within a boathouse, providing you exposure to the full range of career pathways within this diverse sector. 

We are a member of the British Marine Federation, working with highly regarded professional bodies ensure our curriculum remains significant, up to date and receptive to regional, national and international industry developments. This maximises your future job opportunities and enables you to immediately enter employment.

Why Solent Marine Academy?

Solent Marine Academy is an outstanding place to learn, and the perfect place for your education and development. Close to all local amenities, easy accessible and situated near the Harbour at Gunwarf Quays with stunning views. Home to HMS Victory and HMS Warrior, be at the heart of history whilst moulding your future.

Personalised Learning Programmes

Every Marine student at Highbury College will have a Personalised Learning Programme; a custom plan tailored to you as an individual that ensures you gain the academic, vocational and employability skills necessary to achieve your goals and find employment throughout or upon the completion of your studies.

For further information on our Level 3 Apprenticeship in Marine Engineering click here click here.


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