Straight from school and wondering what to do next?
Have you just finished school and are not sure what to do next? Would you like to feel that you are really good at something? To master a trade that will make you and your family proud? Maybe there is a woodwork related tradition you would like to keep alive?
If so, read on, because we might have something just for you.
Imagine being called a ‘craftsman’ or a ‘boat builder’ and approach employers with confidence and say that you are fit for the task and know exactly what to do. Our 47 week wooden boatbuilding course, teaches you all the necessary woodworking and boatbuilding skills required to start a career in boatbuilding, woodwork or other related fields where manual transferable skills are sought after.
Given that 100% of our graduates so far have found jobs straight after finishing the course, it is something you are very likely to achieve as well!
Riley, 18 who started his 47 week boatbuilding course in April 2016 went to Brune Park Community School in Gosport. He chose boatbuilding because that’s what his grandad does. Riley always looked up to him and wanted to be like him.
Before joining IBTC Portsmouth he wasn’t sure what to do either. He was considering going to college or to find work, but he is glad he chose IBTC Portsmouth. He was told he would really enjoy it and that it was the best education around.
He said that ‘the most satisfying aspect [of boatbuilding] is getting something right, when something fits perfect or getting something you’ve worked hard on in the water and knowing it works and that you’re part of the reason it does.’
Riley admits that it wasn’t all that easy initially. His biggest challenge was ‘the precise joinery at the beginning and starting off not knowing anything.’
Asked about his advice for those just leaving schools and wondering if boatbuilding is for them, he said: ‘When you put tough work and a lot of effort into something, you get a lot out of it and boatbuilding is the same. If you’re leaving school I recommend giving it a go. Even if you have never have stepped on a boat before in time you will pick it up and you will be shocked how much you learn.’
‘You will be shocked how much you learn’
What is Riley thinking about doing next? He is not entirely sure yet, but he would like to get a job or continue with education.
The course that Riley is doing is described in more detail in the course brochure which can be can be downloaded here.
The next step
To those interested in the course we recommend popping in to the College for a chat first. We like to show people around the workshop floor to give them a good feel of what and how we teach. Bringing parents, grandparents or friends along to share thoughts with is usually a very good idea and something that helps making a decision about the course later.