IBTC Portsmouth: Building Confident Boatbuilders
World-renowned training provider with 100% employment rate of graduates to date. Based at the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard offers a Level 3 City and Guilds Qualification, its own Diploma and a range of short courses. Teaching techniques of traditional boatbuilding and related transferable skills.
Nat Wilson, the founder of IBTC Portsmouth gives an introduction into the College, courses and the unique location.
The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard boasts some of the most precious pieces of maritime history, like HMS Victory and Warrior. Now it’s nurturing the skills needed to keep them in good shape for the future.
At the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in Boathouse 4
Based in Portsmouth serving the Solent and beyond. In the cathedral like space of Boathouse 4 we are building and conserving wooden vessels. Whether school leaver or career changer, reskilling or adult gap-year, students work from day one on their tools on real projects. They also have the opportunity to work at our satellite, the Shipwright School at Buckler’s Hard on the Beaulieu Estate.
See Us In Action
Our graduates apply their shipwright skills all over the world, not only in wooden boatbuilding but in a host of other applications including green frame timber construction and furniture making.
Visit Boathouse 4 free of charge to see what our students are working on and to find out more about our hands-on courses.
A major element of the Boathouse 4 project is to link the Dockyard with its local community; the Naval Base and Historic Dockyard were in the past, the major employer for the local Portsmouth area. Over the next two years we will have a varied and wide reaching programme of events and outreach workshops. If you know of an organisation which would like to be involved contact us, if you are an individual wanting to see what we are up to, come in and take a look.
As a charity, volunteers are an essential part of the team within the Boathouse 4 Project – leading demonstrations within the workshop, hosting group visits and supporting community events. Please do get in touch if this is something you’d like to be a part of too. IBTC Portsmouth’s charity number is 1152360.
Jim Brooke-Jones, Head of Operations
Caroline Barrie-Smith, Head of Business and Finance
Nick Barnett, Boathouse Manager
Fran Wright, Student Liaison Officer
Mark Rowland, Head of Joinery
Jimmy Green, Lead boatbuilding instructor
Barbara Czoch, Shipwright
Bob Hunt, Boatbuilding Instructor
Tiger Juden, Engineering & Boatshop Technician & Storeman
Hazel Taylor, Admin and Finance Officer
Jon Carver, Community Outreach Instructor & Boatbuilder
Natalia Michalska, Fundraising, Recruitment and Marketing Officer
Iain Rawlinson – Chair of Trustees