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Marine Engineering NVQ Programs & Apprenticeships, and Warehousing Apprentice Programs at Highbury Marine Training Centre

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Highbury is a general further education college with over 45 years teaching and learning experience. The College is a member of the 157 Group and has achieved Training Quality Standard (TQS) accreditation Part A (whole College) with excellence in Building Services Engineering.

Highbury provides a vast range of vocational and academic programs in and around Portsmouth, from entry level training courses to university-level qualifications, specialized services for business and learning in the community. Highbury currently occupies five centers. These are: Highbury Campus, Highbury City of Portsmouth Center, Highbury Northarbour Center, Highbury Arundel Center and Highbury Apex Center.

The College actively promotes lifelong learning and delivers a wide range of adult courses at more than 50 community venues in and around Portsmouth, as well as at Highbury College Centers. Students at Highbury College benefit from first-class facilities and the support they need to succeed. The college was judged to be outstanding in its approach to educational and social inclusion in the College’s most recent Ofsted report in 2007.

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Training Programs

Engineering (Marine) Programs


  • Level 2 NVQ Performing Engineering Operations (Marine) (1 year, full-time, 3 days per week): You will gain valuable knowledge and insights into the various aspects of engineering and the marine industry and gain the flexibility to meet both current and future engineering practices. The program is a mixture of practical and theory work and you will be shown how the theory relates to the practical work you do. This program is suitable for anyone wishing to learn more about the marine industry with a view to being employed in the sector. You need no formal qualifications to enter into this course.
  • Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship - BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering, NVQ Extended Diploma in Marine Engineering (2 years): This program is delivered in two parts. The first part instills a broad base of practical and academic knowledge of Marine Engineering. This is taught to students in five core units which include; A Boat Building Project, Mathematics, Mechanical Principles, Electrical/Electronic Principles, Health & Safety and Communications. Students will be taught an additional four units which include Computer Aided Design (CAD), Business, Welding and Electrical Installation. Practical elements will include Boatbuilding, Joinery & Carpentry, Rigging and GRP/ Composites Engineering. Upon completion of all of these elements you will receive the Apprenticeship Framework Certificate.

Logistics (Warehousing) Programs

  • Level 2 Apprenticeship in Warehousing - EAL Level 2 Certificate in Warehousing and Storage: This program is ideal for anyone with an interest in Warehousing and Storage, new or existing workers, particularly those with basic experience or understanding of the logistics industry and who may wish to progress to the Level 3 programs, which can lead to employment. The program includes a variety of Warehousing and Storage topics, providing a broad understanding of logistics industry disciplines. As part of your program you will also complete Functional Skills in English, Maths at Level 1 and also training on Employers Rights and Responsibilities (ERR), upon completion of all of these elements you will receive the Apprenticeship Framework Certificate. You will normally need GCSE grade D or better in Maths, Science & English, plus one other. Mature students will be accepted subject to interview.


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