The Cockwells Academy

We are committed to sharing time-honoured skills with the next generation of craftsmen

The Cockwells Academy, in partnership with Falmouth Marine School, is for the boatbuilders of the future.

Aimed primarily at 16- to 19-year-olds, it involves enrolment on a full-time City & Guilds Level 2 course in Boatbuilding or Marine Engineering, and attending specific work experience days and masterclasses at our Mylor Creek Boatyard for one academic year.

Each year, up to ten applicants will be selected to benefit from real-time work experience as well as access to our highly-skilled craftsmen and elements of the boatbuilding process.

About The Cockwells Academy

From vacuum bonding decks and commissioning engines to fitting joinery and levelling a boat, at The Cockwells Academy, you will hone the practical skills you need to lead you to the next level in your journey to become a professional boatbuilder. Following assessment at the end of the year, you could even become a paid apprentice.


With this programme you will acquire all the practical skills required to become a multi-talented boat builder. You will also be able to understand and interpret a production plan and drawings, helping you turn any concept into reality.
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Marine Engineering

You will learn how to become a multi-skilled marine engineer, becoming competent with drawings and schematics, and working with electrical and mechanical systems.

You will be part of a varied team specialising in all aspects of engineering, ranging from engine servicing and water system installations to software programming and electrical wiring.

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Painting and Finishing

You will acquire all the skills you need to prepare and fair a surface and to achieve the perfect finish when applying any type of marine paint system, with brush or spray.

The course will teach you all the techniques you need to paint and finish yachts to the high standards of quality set by the company.