Marinas and boatyards apprenticeships

Marinas and boatyards apprenticeships

Marinas and boatyards are busy places where boats have to be moved, moored and lifted for maintenance safely and following the correct procedures.

Docks and slipways need to be kept in good condition and sites need to be kept secure.

Working as an apprentice in a marina, your roles could include assisting with the movement of boats, preparing docks and slipways for receiving boats, pontoon maintenance, providing customer service, maintaining security, providing and operating fuel and pump out facilities, and preparing boats for lifting and storage, all while adhering to health and safety regulations. As a boatyard operative, you would assist with the movement of boats in the boatyard, help with the lifting and moving of boats and clean hulls.

In all roles you will be required to work safely, at heights and on/near water, while maintaining environmental good practice. You will also develop good customer service skills and learn how to respond to accidents and other incidents.

All apprentices must be willing to work outdoors, on or near water, and an ability to swim is a definite advantage. You will probably be required to work shifts.

Location – There are marinas and boatyards located all around the country which could provide job opportunities.

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Intermediate (Level 2)

Starting salary:

Those working in marinas and/or boatyards receive a good salary based on the responsibilities of their job. There could be unsocial hours and many operate a shift system

Job roles:

Marina operative, Boatyard operative, Inland marina operative, Harbour authority operative

Issuing Authority:

Maritime Skills Alliance –