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Apprenticeship Opportunities

Whether you are preparing to leave school or looking to change careers, the marine industry offers a range of exciting opportunities, a variety of challenges and a spirit of teamwork.

There are a number of apprenticeships offered by marine employers. Please note that the following list is not comprehensive as new Standards are being developed all the time. 



New apprenticeship standards (these have replaced the framework pathways)


Level 3 Boat Builder apprenticeship


Level 3 Marine Engineer apprenticeship


Level 3 Heritage Engineering Technician apprenticeship


Level 3 Composite Technician apprenticeship


Level 2 Marina & Boatyard Operative apprenticeship


Level 2 Sewing Machinist apprenticeship


Level 2 Textile Manufacturing Operative apprenticeship


Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor apprenticeship


Level 2 Engineering Operative apprenticeship (this has a range of specialist options including maintenance role, mechanical, fabrication, technical specialist, materials/finishing, technical support)


Level 3 Engineering Technician - maritime defence apprenticeship


Level 4 Propulsion Technician apprenticeship


Level 3 Marine Electrician 


Level 3 Marine Surface Finisher (in development for 2021/22)

Other job occupations where apprenticeship standards currently exist include:


  • Stock person
  • Business administrator
  • HR advisor
  • Sales
  • Marketing executive
  • Hospitality supervisor
  • Business improvement technician
  • Welder
  • Customer service practitioner

The Maritime Skills Alliance detail other apprenticeships that are offered in the maritime sector, for example Port Operations Officer, and Workboat Operatives


The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) provides further information about the contents of the different apprenticeship standards