About Us

IBTC Portsmouth: Building Confident Boatbuilders

We are a world-renowned training provider with 100% employment rate of graduates to date. Based in the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard we offer a Level 3 City and Guilds Qualification, our own Diploma and a range of short courses. Teaching techniques of traditional wooden boatbuilding and related transferable skills.

Our Teaching Ethos

Training fit for industry on real boats. A year with us is a life affirming experience. 47 weeks dedicated to learning new skills and creating things of beauty worth and purpose. Students vary enormously in ability and experience. We teach the individual all we ask is you are willing to learn to work hard and that you love wood.

As Featured on BBC South Today

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.

Lifting Rover into position

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.

Local Community

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.



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.