The IBTC provides the widest range of traditional boat building training and is internationally recognised. We are a City & Guilds and  an Edexcel  approved centre and are ELCAS registered.

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. In 2013 we became the Shipshape hub for the East Anglian region.

The Shipshape Network is sPrintupported and initiated by National Historic Ships UK – the official voice for historic vessels in the United Kingdom.  The Network is a nationwide project to bring together historic and high value vessel owners, skilled craftsmen, businesses, heritage organisations, training bodies and all those with an interest in Britain’s maritime heritage and ship preservation. – See more at:


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. We pride ourselves on developing the individual, building their confidence and skills and allowing them to realise their potential.

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-held ambition or investing in themselves by retraining and re-skilling with a view to a new life as a craftsman or woman. The training projects are all real boats with real owners a  wide range of wooden vessels both new build and restoration.

In April 2015 we will be opening a new branch in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Boathouse 4 see