The IBTC provides the widest range of traditional boat building training and is internationally recognised.
We have been building boat builders since 1975. Set up originally to supply skilled workers for the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads yards we now have graduates working in and managing yards all over the world.
From day one students will work with their tools on real projects. The highly transferable nature of the skills taught opens opportunities for future careers such as green frame timber construction, furniture making, and many others. If you can build and fit out a classic wooden boat then you will have the joinery skills for a host of other applications.
The eclectic nature of our student group results in an excellent atmosphere with in the college. At adjacent work benches one might have a school leaver, a retired surgeon and a train driver. Each pursuing the course for their own different reasons. As a truely vocational course boatbuilding has something for everyone so long as they have an interest in wood and or classic boats: whether they are embarking on a chosen career, following a heartfelt and long-lived ambition or investing in themselves by retraining and re-skilling with a view to a new life as a craftsman or woman.