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Graduate Case Studies


The student case studies show what a representative sample of people have gone on to do after longer courses and how they have used their skills after the course. Graduates of the 40-week Boat Building and 12-week Furniture Making courses have gone on to work in all aspects of boat building and woodworking industries.

Some have gone to work for industry leaders and prestigous yards in the UK and beyond, whilst others have chosen to set up businesses of their own. Others have utilised the transferrable skills of the course to embark on careers in woodworking and furniture making.

Graduates are working at, to name a few, Spirit Yachts, Elephant Boatyard, Cockwells, Sunseeker and T. Nielsen and Co. and Douglas Marine.

Furniture Making
Peter B

Peter joined the Academy following a career in IT working for House of Fraser, British Car Auctions and most recently as a

Furniture Making
Caspar H

West Dorset local Caspar grew up near the Academy.  He worked on a dairy farm in Dorset’s Bride Valley before joining the

Furniture Making
Marc D

Before coming to the Academy Marc completed a degree in Building Surveying.  He worked for 8 years as a Building Surveyor and

Boat Building
Luke B

After leaving school in Launceston, Cornwall, Luke spent time travelling in Australia and New Zealand.  When he returned to England he worked

Boat Building
Charlie C

Charlie was always a keen sailor and had competed in the Cowes, Falmouth and Yarmouth classic yacht regattas. Charlie joined us from

Furniture Making
Tim C

After 27 years in sales, Tim relocated from Buckinghamshire to West Dorset and decided it was time to do something new, although

Boat Building
James D

James comes from a fishing family but made a career in the law, becoming a partner in a leading Scottish law firm

Boat Building
Alex B

Alex studied Design and Technology at university, worked abroad for several years and ran an internet business. He joined the Boat Building