The Marine Skills Centre

The Marine Skills Centre in Woolston is part of City College, Southampton.  It is at the forefront of ensuring that current and future employees, apprentices have the employer requirements regarding the necessary skill levels to compete in a highly-competitive global industry.  The Centre’s specialist range of bespoke training solutions and facilities in the Solent region play a key role in the development of the UK’s marine industry with more than £34m having been invested across City College on its redevelopment programme, equipment and facilities since 2009.

The Marine Skills Centre works closely with marine companies across the south when developing training programmes to cover skills from across the industry, from boat building to marine engineering, marine design to composites skills and computer studies plus book keeping, leadership and management.  This enables a wide range of businesses to use City College’s facilities to up-skill employees and apprentices are provided with expert tuition and support, including progression routes to university.  Those entering the marine industry are trained with the best equipment and facilities available.  Tuition is delivered by tutors with years of experience of working in the industry.  City College student success rates are at a high standard and the College is 4th in the national league table for success rates.

Apprenticeship Training and Full Time Courses

Level 2 - City & Guilds - Certificate - Certificate in Boat Building

Level 2 - City & Guilds - Composites Technology

Level 2 - City & Guilds - Certificate - Marine Construction, Engineering & Maintenance

Level 2 - City and Guilds Diploma in Marine Electrics

Level 2 - City & Guilds - Diploma - Performing Engineering Operations (Marine)

Level 3 - City & Guilds - Certificate - Certificate in Marine Engineering

Level 3 - City & Guilds - Diploma - Marine Construction, Systems Engineering and Maintenance

Level 3 – City and Guilds Diploma in Marine Electrics

Short Courses (all these courses are run throughout the year- please contact the Centre for details)

Level 3 - City & Guilds - City & Guilds 0771 Hand lay-up and repair techniques (5 Days).

Level 3 - Accredited with EAL Certification. - Computer Aided Design: SolidWorks Essentials

Level 3 - EAL Accredited course - Computer Aided Design: SolidWorks Intermediate

Repair of Gelcoats (three days)

RYA Diesel Maintainers Course (evening course- 6 evenings x 2hrs, 6-8pm)

Marine Skills Centre Manager: Tom Demuth, Marine Skills Centre, Hazel Road, Woolston, Southampton, SO19 7GA.  T: 023 8043 4005 / M: 07917 437528

360 degree panoramic view of the centre here.

Student Case Studies

"I grew up around boats as my dad is a boat enthusiast and used to own a boatyard in Finland. I chose to come to City College because of the specialist facilities at the Marine Skills Centre. City College is the only place in the area where you can study Marine Design and the small campus means that there is a real community feel and the staff are really friendly, knowledgeable and helpful... My course and job have both been very valuable experiences towards my eventual goal of being a Naval Architect."  Jami Buckley - BTEC National Diploma in Marine Design (Level 3)

Shipshape Solent – the large ship handling project

In August 2010, National Historic Ships UK received an award of £30,000 from the Headley Trust to put towards a range of skills training projects relating to historic vessels.  One of these was a flagship project for the Shipshape Solent region, based on board the 270 foot National Historic Fleet vessel SS Shieldhall.  The £4,000 scheme was a pilot project which brought together a historic vessel and a higher education college in practical at-sea training for the first time.  Ten marine engineering students from City College took part on the four day programme designed to provide practical training outside the classroom, working alongside the captain, bridge team, and deck team and engine room tea. SS Shieldhall is a fully operational steam vessel using twin triple expansion-engines.

The Marine Skills Centre at City College has now established a good working relationship with the team on SS Shieldhall and is keen to work with them again in the future.  It has also helped generate interest in developing links with other maritime heritage projects in this area.  This project training scheme for the Shipshape Solent region helps demonstrate the benefits of the Shipshape Network and what can be achieved by working more closely together. 

City College said: ‘this is a live learning adventure for our Apprentices par excellence.  It will provide a lasting impression and an experience that we cannot teach in a classroom.  They will work closely with the crew of SS Shieldhall and gain experience with marine engineering in the truest sense, understanding how to work as part of a close-knit team.’

The Solent Steam Packet Company responded: ‘This experience will provide a valuable insight to people coming into the maritime industry of the heritage aspects of the maritime world and, in particular, steam age technology.’”




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