Boat Building Apprentice – Projects By Design


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£4.30 per hour

Here at The Isle of Wight College we work with a number of employers, in a vast array of industries. Based in Cowes, a fantastic opportunity has arisen to work for Projects By Design as a Boat Building Apprentice.

If you are looking for an exciting role working on bespoke Boat Building projects, this is a unique opportunity to join the team at Projects by Design in Cowes. 

Apprentice Role:

  • Learn to laminate using polyester/vinyl ester and epoxy resin
  • Vacuum and infusion techniques
  • Boat fit out
  • Power tool safe use
  • Material/Kit cutting
  • Identifying and using different materials
  • Possible mould prep and making

Person Specification:   

  • Communication skills
  • Good hand skills
  • Polite, friendly, open and approachable
  • Some knowledge of CNC machining would be desirable but not essential
  • Professional work ethic
  • Team player 
  • Workshop safety – life skills
  • Ability to use own initiative

Qualifications Required:

GCSE grade C/4 or above in English and Maths (or equivalent qualification and/or ability to work towards these Functional Skills) 


  • Boat Building Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English if required
  • There is a requirement to complete 20% off the job training, this includes time spent either learning something new, attendance at regular college as part of the course, other courses or any support work that is not in your usual role
  • Apprenticeship duration will be around 48 months where the final 3 months will involve gateway for the end point assessment
  • Weekly attendance at college as part of the course

Working Week:

  • Monday until Thursday: 9am – 5pm
  • Friday: 9am – 2 pm
  • 2 x 15 min breaks per day
  • 1 x 30 min lunch per day


£4.30 per hour

The current National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £4.30 per hour. This applies to 16-18-year-old apprentices and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training. For more information visit:

Once qualified and upon successful apprenticeship completion, there may be an opportunity to progress to a permanent long term role within the business, dependent on suitability and opportunity at that time.

If this sounds like the next step you want to take with your career, then please apply with a cover letter telling us why you feel you would be the ideal person to take on this brilliant opportunity and don’t forget to attach your CV too!!

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