Custom Yacht Works (Southern) Limited are offering the chance for a candidate to take part in a Boatbuilding Apprenticeship. The successful candidate will be undertaking work in line with the building of new custom motor and sailing yachts. The restoration of classic powerboats.

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Closing date: 25 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £13,312 starting wage depending on age and experience

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday: 8.30am -5.00pm (breaks to be confirmed)

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    22 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Undertaking work in line with the building of new custom motor and sailing yachts. The restoration of classic powerboats.

  • With this apprenticeship you will acquire all the practical skills required to become a multi-talented boatbuilder
  • You will also be able to understand and interpret a production plan and drawings, helping you turn any concept into reality
  • Refitting and repairing existing boats
  • Identify and minimise hazards and risks in the workplace
  • Prepare surfaces, treat suitably and ensure are free from defects and protected

The training you will be getting

Whilst on your Apprenticeship you will be working towards completing a Boatbuilding Apprenticeship Standard (Level 3). This will be delivered as a day release at City College Southampton, along with visits to the work site by an assessor. Depending on prior learning this may also include study towards Functional Skills in maths and English if required.

This will be recognised by Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) at ‘Engineering Technician’ level on successful completion of the apprenticeship.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Following the successful completion of the course to a suitable level, the candidate will be offered a full-time position within the company as a boat builder and an increase in salary. The candidate will learn many skills both traditional and modern that other organisations may not be able to offer.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C +) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C +) Essential

Things to consider

The candidate should have the ability to travel to and from work so that they arrive on time.

About the employer

Custom Yacht Works are a long established boat building and restoration business located in Southampton on the UK’s south coast. We are proud to be one of the few remaining boatyards to have our own dedicated team of time served and highly skilled boat builders, Joiners and shipwrights. ​ We offer an in-house service for the construction, restoration and re-fit of sail and motor yachts whether classic, modern or contemporary in design. Covering all types of construction we have extensive experience in the Superyacht and private yachting sector.




Unit 12, Lycroft Farm Business Park

Park Lane, Swanmore


SO32 2QQ

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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard


Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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