Welcome to the IBTC Lowestoft
Welcome to the IBTC International Boatbuilding Training College Lowestoft where we are proud to offer a wide range of traditional boatbuilding and joinery courses together with shorter courses exploring additional woodworking skills and maritime crafts.
47 Week Boatbuilding
Our flagship course leads to the internationally recognised and coveted IBTC Diploma in boatbuilding along with City and Guilds 2463 level 3. This comprehensive course covers all the skills required to build and maintain boats. more>>
47 Week Joinery & Furniture
This extensive course is aimed at teaching all the necessary skills and elements of joinery and furniture making, to enable you to go on to both design and construct your own, individual items of furniture. more>>
Build your own boat – 24 Weeks
At the end of this course you will have completed and launched a boat of up to 5m in length. more>>
Woodworking Skills – 12 Weeks
An intensive course focusing on a range of woodworking skills suitable for all including those with no previous experience. more >>
Small Boatbuilding – 12 Weeks
This 12 weeks Small Boatbuilding course starts with four weeks practical woodworking to learn the necessary skills required.
Situated in the coastal town of Lowestoft, perched on the edge of The Broads the IBTC is ideally placed to promote the craft of boatbuilding. With a history of a thriving fishing industry and port spanning many centuries, the town has a rich maritime past.
The college sits on the northern shore of Lake Lothing, the tidal reach of the River Waveney, depicted in Ted Frost’s book “From Tree To Sea”, which chronicles the building of a wooden steam fishing boat.
IBTC offers a variety of boatbuilding/maintenance and woodworking courses suitable for both those looking for a career in the industry as well as individuals wanting to develop existing interests and skills or develop new ones. Read more >>
News from the IBTC Lowestoft
SEA Grants Scheme International Boatbuilding Training College, Lowestoft, in partnership with National Historic Ships UK, has launched the Coastal Communities Funded ‘SEA Grants Scheme’. The scheme is legacy of the Shipshape East Anglia project [...]
I found the weekends too long, the weeks too short and would wake up each day excited about what lay ahead.
For me, this satisfaction comes from being ‘in the moment’
The IBTC is there to help you grow into the boatbuilder that is in all of us with an interest and passion.