Do you need a life change?
Do you feel it’s time to change your current job or life situation? Are you searching for a new path? Something that will let you re-focus and give you rest from all the pressure?
Changing your environment and focusing on hands on work which provides results that are tangible and rewarding, could be just what you need. Working with wood can be very therapeutic. It’s been proven to increase the sense of fulfilment, relives stress and promotes wellbeing.
Joining a boatbuilding course could be your platform for a new start. Imagine learning craftsmanship and transferable skills which can get you a job as a result and be a start of a new satisfying career that you love. Given that 100% of our graduates found employment after finishing the course, you are highly likely to achieve that too.
Becci, 30 former Occupational Therapist for the NHS started her 47 week wooden boatbuilding course in September 2016. She loves the outdoors and plays Ultimate Frisbee representing Great Britain.
‘The place gives so much context to your learning and makes you appreciate the history of the industry.’
Before starting the course she looked at a few schools and as she says IBTC Portsmouth really stood out for her for a number of reasons: ‘The facilities are unique; you’ll be learning the skills in a setting that reflects working life in a boatyard. The place gives so much context to your learning and makes you appreciate the history of the industry.’
‘It’s great to be working in the historic dockyard, there’s always something going on’
One of the winning factors of the course for Beccie was the fact that ‘the opportunity to develop skills both in new builds and in restoration give you a solid foundation moving forwards. And of course the location, it’s great to be working in the historic dockyard, there’s always something going on!’
Beccie almost finished Joinery now (the first three months of the course) and asked about the most satisfying aspect of boatbuilding said ‘Working on a project which can sometimes take a few weeks and then seeing it finished is so rewarding! I’m really looking forwards to starting on the boats.’
‘You’re taught step by step and at a level suitable to you’
Challenges? ‘So far I’ve loved every step of the way. I maybe was a bit nervous before starting that I might not be strong enough or not know how to use the tools. But you’re taught step by step and at a level suitable to you. In joinery most things still have straight lines and 90 degree angles. So I anticipate some hefty challenges when you start working on curves.’
Plans after completing the course? Beccie admitted that she doesn’t have a definite plan yet, but she said ‘it’s so exciting hearing about the jobs some of the graduates are going on to do. I’m pretty sure I’ll be looking to stay in the industry.’
‘Once you can build a boat, what can’t you do right.’
If you are wondering if boatbuilding is something for you, Beccie says ‘I can’t recommend it enough. If you’re inclined to working with your hands and your head. If you like boats. If you want to do something a little bit different. If you want to learn about traditional skills. There appears to be plenty of work to go on to after if you’re worried about that and it seems like it certainly opens more doors than it closes! Once you can build a boat, what can’t you do right.’
More details on the course and the qualification that Beccie will be getting at the end of the 47 weeks can be found in the course brochure here.
‘Don’t call it a dream, call it a plan’
To those interested in the course we recommend visiting the College first. We like to show people around the workshop floor and provide them with detailed information on the course content, qualification and the financing. Bringing partners or friends along to share thoughts with is usually a good idea and something which helps with the decision making later on.