Boat-building at Portsmouth’s Highbury College has moved to a new home – in the magnificent surroundings of the City’s Historic Dockyard.

We’re the first occupants of Boathouse 4 – an original Second World War boathouse which has been at the centre of a £ multi million restoration by the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust.

It’s the start of a new chapter in the rich history of boatbuilding at Highbury, where we’ve always been proud of our marine heritage and our close links with the industry. The South East is the most important region in the UK for the marine industry. In Hampshire alone, almost 60,000 people are employed in this sector. New contracts coming into the area mean that many more people will need to be trained.

At Highbury, we have close links with the industry, ensuring that employers are provided with appropriate and up-to-date training in this rapidly developing sector.

For more than 50 years, we’ve taught modern and traditional boatbuilding techniques, together with propulsion, electrics, composites, LPG for boats and plumbing.

Stella Mbubaegbu CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Highbury College, said: “Marine Engineering Training has been part of our heritage at Highbury since our inception, almost 52 years ago, so we’re particularly delighted to be the very first occupants of this fabulous restored building in the magnificent surroundings of the Historic Dockyard.

“To be able to pass on such fundamental skills, both modern and traditional, to yet another generation is an honour and we look forward to many happy years of boat-building in Boathouse 4.”

We’re now offering a series of taster sessions for potential students and boat-owners to come along. We offer a wide range of courses in marine engineering and yacht maintenance, including apprenticeships. Bespoke training is also available for individuals or groups.

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  • Date 16/10/2015