The 38 week Boat Building, Maintenance and Support course, incorporating City & Guilds 2463 Level 3 Diploma in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering and Maintenance (the technical certificate of an apprenticeship) is our flagship course. There is no upper age limit and the course caters for those changing career (at whatever age) as well as the school leaver. At the beginning of each course there is a group discussion with instructors about what boats will be built by the group. The combination of the City & Guilds qualification and building a range of boats chosen for their educational value is unique to the Academy.
There are two start dates per year and we allocate places to students on a first-come-first-served basis on receipt of a completed application form.
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