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Boat or Ship Builder

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Boat builders build, assemble and repair a wide range of smaller vessels such as power boats, canal boats and yachts, using materials such as wood and fibreglass.

Ship builders build, assemble and repair large vessels such as warships, submarines, ferries, cruise ships and tankers, using materials such as steel and other metals. You would usually specialise in a particular area, such as electrics, pipe work, steel work or welding.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

A Modern Apprentice may start on the National Minimum Wage (NMW). At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £3.50 an hour (April 2017). Some employers may pay their apprentices more.

Experienced boat or ship builders normally earn around £25,000 to £35,000 a year. Senior boatbuilders, or those working on luxury vessels, may earn more.

Conditions

Employment Status UK %

Past Unemployment
Scotland


Year Unemployed

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Getting In

In boat building, most jobs are with small boatyards around the UK coast, in fishing ports or in seaside resorts with marinas for leisure craft. This type of work is mainly concentrated in the South of England. Ship building takes place in a number of places in the UK, including the Clyde and Rosyth. BAE Systems and Babcock are two large companies that offer apprenticeships in different areas of ship building.

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

BAE Systems in Glasgow has secured a deal to build another two Royal Navy warships on the Clyde. Work will start in summer 2017. This will secure jobs until 2035.

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British Marine

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Marine Federation
Tel: 01784 473377
E-mail: info@britishmarine.co.uk
Website: http://www.britishmarine.co.uk/
Twitter: @britishmarine
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BritishMarine

Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
Tel: 020 7382 2600
E-mail: info@imarest.org
Website: https://www.imarest.org
Twitter: @IMarEST
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marine-Professionals-IMarEST/117961284521?fref=ts

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: customerservices@semta.org.uk
Website: http://www.semta.org.uk/
Twitter: @SemtaSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemtaSkills?ref=hl

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

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