Graduating students set sail into the future!
Friday, 26th April, was a special day for IBTC Portsmouth as the graduating class of 2018/19 were awarded their certificates. The 10 students have spent the past 12 months learning traditional joinery and woodworking skills; building and repairing wooden boats of all sizes in Boathouse 4 in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 3 of the students have already secured jobs in the industry while another 5 have been invited to work on a high profile restoration project.
The students come from a wide range of backgrounds. Although some have previous boatbuilding experience, many are using the course as a way to completely change their careers. Local graduate student James Roser said: “The course has taught me much more than new skills, techniques and the theory behind wooden construction and boatbuilding. It is apparent from a large number of fellow students that this is a place of finding a new way of life and fulfilling a passion”.
Head of Teaching at the college, Barnaby Sheppard said: “I’m really proud of these graduates, they’ve learnt a fantastic amount in the last 12 months and have done some excellent work. It just goes to show that it’s never too late to change career direction or learn new skills. If you’re passionate about boats and enjoy working with wood, come and have a look around or join us on one of our Open Afternoons”.