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Boat Building and Restoration Traineeship

Job typeplacement
SalaryThe two trainees will benefit of a salary or a bursary for the period of the course.
Contact personLeonardo Bortolami
Closing date27 May 2016
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The Museum has been successful in a grant application to The Coastal Communities Fund for a Wooden Boat Conservation Project. This project will enable the Museum to carry out conservation works on its collection and to start a course designed to offer both hands-on experience and theoretical knowledge to enhance expertise in working on maritime heritage. The course will follow the Traditional Maritime Skills framework (for more info visit: to enable the trainees to learn in effective way using valuable learning material.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum’s Boatyard, formerly the Smith and Hutton Boatyard, and other Museum workshops in Anstruther offer proper work places in which to learn useful skills.

Thanks to the large Museum collection and co-operation with other bodies, during the traineeship there are many varied learning opportunities such as practical restoration and maintenance works, re-building of boats and focused learning modules and guided tours.

During the traineeship there are some visits to different maritime attractions such as museums, boatyards and sawmills. That will be part of the learning modules to help trainees to understand the role of the supplier and others people involved in the wooden boat building trade.

At the end of the course, the Scottish Fisheries Museum will issue a Certificate in Maritime Heritage Skills under the Maritime Heritage Skills accreditation scheme. It will confirm to potential employers that the student has satisfactory achieved the modules listed on a separate document.

The total duration of the course will be of 650 hours which include theoretical and hands-on activities. The weekly work frequency is 3 days per week with 8 hours per day. The course is going to start on the 25th of July 2016 and will finish on the 18th of March 2017.

The Museum is offering two posts for the position above.


To enable recruitment of the right candidates for the above post, the application process is designed around the following essential and desirable skills and competencies:
  • Passion for traditional boats
  • Ability to work with and liaise with a range of people from staff to volunteers, from teachers to the public visitors
  • Willing to carry out laborious work
  • Tidy, organized and well behaved
  • Experience of delivery within agreed timescales

How to respond

If interested in the post send your application (CV and a cover letter with two references) by Friday 27th of May (5 pm.) to the contact email provided.

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