About IBTC - A Shipshape Network Regional Hub
The International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) Ltd was set up in 1975 and provides training in the skills and knowledge required to repair, conserve and build wooden boats. The emphasis is on traditional techniques and construction, although modern methods including FRP are also covered. IBTC has an average of 38 students per year spread over four intakes and employs five instructors, a stores man and two administrators.
IBTC is a registered training centre delivering City & Guilds 2463 Marine Construction, Systems Engineering and Maintenance as well as a range of customised courses specific to maritime heritage and traditional boatbuilding. The College is operated in the manner of a commercial boatyard to help students get used to being in a working yard and improve their employability prospects. Training is divided between the separate departments of: joinery; boatbuilding; marine plumbing, electrics and engine installation; FRP, machine regulations, HSE, knots & splices; welding, marine engineering and blacksmithing; general maintenance and store management.
IBTC has worked on a number of significant historic vessels including Cutty Sark, Gypsy Moth, Maria (the last lateener 1832) HMS Gannet, HMS Warrior, MTB 102, Lowestoft smack Excelsior, and steam drifter Lydia Eva and is highly experienced in understanding and carrying out a range of conservation requirements. IBTC has also recently been involved in various funding applications for skills training projects including: a Heritage Lottery Fund bid in partnership with the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust and Buckler’s Hard Maritime Museum; a Coastal Communities Fund bid in partnership with National Historic Ships UK; and a European Interreg IVA application requiring detailed work with 6 French organisations and 6 UK organisations with IBTC as lead partner.