Boatbuilding and training leader

The Pioneer Trust is widely recognised for the quality of work on heritage restoration projects.  The Trust works with organisations such as Heritage Lottery and private owners to rebuild a range of important and interesting yachts and motor vessels. 
To support this work,  it is a leading provider of marine apprenticeships, training young people in boatbuilding, engineering and other skills to support their personal ambitions to pursue a career in the marine sector and build a resilient workforce for future generations. 
Job specification- This  new position will lead the work to restore and build a range of suitable vessels and projects.  The position will also coordinate the apprenticeship programme to deliver high-quality results in terms of learning work produced. 

 Profile of the individual: 
The role would suit a boatbuilder with knowledge across a range of disciplines, including wooden, fibreglass and metal vessels. It would also suit a boatbuilder  who has experience of training or coaching young people and can exhibit confident leadership and high levels of professionalism. We would also be keen to hear from candidates who do not fulfil the full criteria but have a strong interest developing young people and with some support could deliver the role through our trainer training programme. 

Specific roles and duties will include
Lead the restoration and build of historic and new build projects indicatively up to 60’
Project management- including, sourcing materials, keeping to budget, organising external contractors
Lead the apprenticeship programme to deliver strong outcomes
Mange the apprentices to deliver learning and suitable quality work on projects
Liaise with apprenticeship provider to develop strong learning outcomes
Management and reporting
Gather and organise evidence of work carried out and store on cloud based systems
Report to senior management on project progress in all respects
Report to senior management on apprenticeship progress
Deliver a safe working environment, with recognised industry best practice 
Represent the organisation to external stakeholders

Essential skills and experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of boat building experience 
  • Experience of running boat projects
  • Experience of designing and building wooden boat construction
  • Ability to work and communicate with young people
  • Ability to use technology to assist apprentice learning
  • Ability to work to deadlines 
Desirable skills
Assessors qualification
37.5 hours per week
Salary £30,000 per annum

In the first instance, applicants are required to send a CV together with details of previous experience. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview which will incorporate a practical activity. Applications should be made to: 

Felicity Lees -Pioneer Sailing Trust, Harker's Yard, Shipyard Estate, Brightlingsea CO7 0AR
Email CV to Felicity at
Closing date for applications is 12th September.Interview dates: TBC