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Maritime Vocational Training and Apprenticeships Programs in Boatbuilding, Marine Engineering and Marine Tech in Southampton

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Southampton City College is a further education college based in the south of England which provides exceptional vocational and academic training for young people and adults. As well as offering a wide range of vocational courses and qualifications for school leavers looking to get into university or work, City College Southampton also provides apprenticeships, training for businesses, short courses, adult learning, advanced qualifications and a City Horizons program to help young people get back into education, training or work.

City College’s Marine Skills Centre is at the forefront of making sure those employees, apprentices and future workers have the skills levels to compete in this highly-competitive global industry. With 1,000 sq.m at the centre itself and a further two sites in Southampton, the centre’s specialist range of bespoke training solutions and facilities are unequaled in the region and it plays a key role in the development of the UK’s marine sector.


Training covers skills from boat building to marine engineering, marine design to composites skills, computer studies, book keeping to leadership and management. This means a wide range of businesses can send their employees to be upskilled, apprentices can be given expert tuition and support with progression to university. Those entering the marine industry learn with the best equipment and facilities available from the best teachers.

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Training & Apprenticeship Programs




Marine Programs (Full Time)

  • Diploma in Boat Building (Advanced L3) (1 year): This course will provide you with an advanced level of knowledge and skills in traditional methods of boat building as well as modern engineering techniques, enabling you to enter employment as a boatbuilder or to progress your career in the marine industry.
  • Diploma in Marine Engineering (Advanced L3) (1 year): This course will provide you with an advanced level of knowledge and skills in marine engineering, enabling you to enter employment as a marine engineer or to progress your career in the marine industry.
  • Diploma in Marine Technologies (L2) (1 or 2 years): This course will provide you with the skills and experience of using the latest marine technical processes. You will be taught in the dedicated woodworking, marine engineering and marine electrical workshops at the specialist Marine Skills Centre in Woolston, Southampton. The industry experienced teachers will teach you a range of boat building and marine engineering techniques and in the second year you will get to specialize in one of these career pathways.

Marine Apprenticeships

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All apprenticeships include elements of on the job and off the job training leading to industry recognized standards or qualifications. After completing an apprenticeship, you could continue to train at the next level, whether that is an advanced, higher, or degree level apprenticeship. Alternatively, you could go on to university, or take a professional qualification that leads to a specific job role.

  • Boat Building: Intermediate (L2) and Advanced (L3)
  • Marine Electrical: Intermediate (L2) and Advanced (L3)
  • Marine Engineering: Intermediate (L2) and Advanced (L3)
  • As a marine apprentice you will mostly work under the supervision of others and undertake tasks such as boat handling, support, repair and outfitting. You will develop the practical skills and technical knowledge required to work as a professional and competent marine engineer or marine electrician. As an apprentice you can expect to undertake work based learning with an employer and to be paid a wage. The apprenticeship will include an NVQ diploma, functional skills and knowledge based element or technical certificate.
  • No previous qualifications are required for Level 2 intermediate apprenticeship and a full assessment will take place to ensure you have the skills to complete the qualification.
  • Those wishing to progress onto an advanced apprenticeship (Level 3) will require GCSEs A-C/9-4 in English and maths (or equivalent) or demonstrate, through the assessment process, that you are able to achieve this.