International Boatbuilding Training College gets new owners

3 November 2015

Lowestoft branch of IBTC has new start as it celebrates 40 years in business.

IBTC Lowestoft, the country’s premier traditional wooden boatbuilding college enters a new era with the announcement that Mike and Lyn Tupper have taken over as owners in the college’s 40th anniversary year.

Established in 1975 to train skilled craftsmen to work in the boatyards of Norfolk and Suffolk our graduates have gone on to work and manage boatyards all over the world.  We now train a broader range of students in a wide range of skills within the boatbuilding industry and beyond from high class joinery and furniture making to diesel engine maintenance

Mike, an ex-Royal Naval officer and carpenter/joiner by trade said – ‘We are delighted to be able to have this opportunity, as an ex-student of the college this is a dream come true.  Whilst maintaining and enhancing the core 47 week boatbuilding course we are developing a number of shorter courses in marine joinery and boat maintenance to appeal to everyday sailors and enthusiasts. In addition we have plans to carry out a major refurbishment commencing on the 9th November and have recently published a brand new website. We are excited by the chance to build on the college’s long standing reputation and achievements as a centre of excellence.’

To learn more about IBTC Lowestoft contact:

Mike Tupper

Tel: 01502 569663

Email:                  Website:

Source: IBTC, Lowestoft, November 2015

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