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Apprenticeship Programs in Marine Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, Warehousing, and Logistics in Newport, Isle of Wight

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Established in 1951, the Isle of Wight College is a general further education college (GFE) with a broad curriculum to reflect the needs of the island community. The main campus is sited in a central location on the outskirts of Newport, the county town of the Isle of Wight and the island's principal retail center. The Isle of Wight College achieved college-wide accreditation to the matrix Standard in June 2010 is part of its’ commitment to ‘Putting Students First’.

The College is the island's major provider of further education and training for some 8,000 learners and has built more accommodation over the past five years. It is also a Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) in four areas; care, hospitality, marine engineering and early years.


For apprenticeship programs, you will attend The Isle of Wight College (Southampton College for Marine) on a day release one day per week for the underpinning knowledge and some practical input, and Maths and English if required. You will also be assessed and reviewed approximately every 4-8 weeks in the workplace by a member of the team.

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Training Programs

Engineering Apprenticeships (Marine)




  • Marine Engineering Level 3: There are no formal entry requirements but each employer might state their own requirements. This will likely include level 2 qualifications in English, maths and Technology. The apprenticeship will typically take up to 48 months to complete, depending on prior skills and knowledge. Apprentices will complete work-based learning and will be paid a wage, gaining valuable knowledge and experience. In-house training will be provided by the employer with an Assessor visiting and supporting in the work place. Further training will be provided at the Isle of Wight College, depending on the needs of the learner and the employer.
  • Composites Technician Level 3: The apprenticeship will typically take 36 months to complete. As part of the apprenticeship, apprentices will be required to achieve a recognized L3 Engineering qualification, as approved by the relevant professional institution, to be deemed eligible to apply for Engineering Technician (Eng.Tech.) status with The Institute of Materials ( IOM3) and/or the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
  • Engineering Technician Level 3: Engineering Technicians in the Aerospace, Aviation, Automotive, Maritime Defence and wider Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Sector are predominantly involved in highly skilled and complex work. The apprenticeship will typically take between 42 – 48 months to complete.
  • Boatbuilder Level 3: Boatbuilders build boats such as yachts, workboats and superyachts and/or refit and repair existing boats. Boats may be made of composites, metals or wood so a boatbuilder can work with and understand the capabilities of a variety of materials. The apprenticeship will typically take up to 48 months to complete, depending on prior skills and knowledge.

Warehousing Apprenticeships

  • Supply Chain Warehouse Operative Level 2: Warehouse Operatives work in a variety of warehouse environments. Work activities include taking deliveries, checking for damaged/missing items, storing goods, moving stock by various methods, picking/packing orders, loading goods for dispatch, maintaining stock records and documentation, and cleaning. The apprenticeship will typically take 12 months to complete.