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Traditional Maritime Skills :: Maritime Heritage Skills

Maritime Heritage Skills Cluster Project:
Preserve the Past for the Future


New funding
About the conference
About the training instruction plans
About the accreditation
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New funding to support the preservation of traditional boat building skills

interreg-logo-MHS.gifWe are delighted to announce that this project has secured further funding to help preserve maritime heritage skills. The ‘Interreg IVA Two Seas’ funding programme will support the bringing together of two previously funded projects: Traditional Maritime Skills and Heroes 2 Seas.

The alliance, combined with a new cluster of organisations, has joined forces to enhance traditional boat building training programmes, add an accreditation and to promote the sector further, specifically to: job seekers, marine businesses and the education community.

‘This funding provides a unique opportunity to further support this valued sector, building on our past achievements and broadening its beneficiaries. We’re looking forward to presenting and publishing our results at the project end conference in Belgium during the final quarter of 2014.’ said Tim Bowerbank, Marketing Manager of Cornwall Marine Network.

The final conference will be the perfect opportunity to connect employers looking for workers, educators who want to expand their courses and job seekers looking to start their careers in this sector. The conference will also be an opportunity to showcase the new traditional boat building accreditation scheme which will be developed as part of the training programme. The conference will hope to attract delegates from across the Two Seas Region, including: the UK, France, Holland and Belgium.

Just under €224,000 has been awarded to the new project, now named Maritime Heritage Skills: Preserve, Develop, Share. The following organisations form the core team:

Associated partners:


About the Conference


If you are a marine business, education organisation, or want to pursue a career or voluntary work in boat building, then sign up to attend this important international maritime conference.

This major event is part of an EU funded programme called Maritime Heritage Skills which is focused on recording and developing a suite of free training tools that ensures traditional and boat building skills are passed on to future generations.

WHAT: Maritime Heritage Skills Conference

WHEN: Thursday 25th September, 9am-4.30pm

WHERE: Thermae Palace, Ostend, Belgium

BOOK NOW: To book your place…

For more information and enquiries please email maritime@zeeland.nl


  • Hear about the free education frameworks devoted to traditional boat building
  • Learn how this new set of training tools will support businesses in the sector
  • Explore the virtual learning environment that’s specifically designed to preserve skills that are economically and historically significant to our region
  • Discover more about career pathways and exciting new projects in the industry
  • Network with like-minded maritime enthusiasts and experts from the UK and overseas

About the Training Instruction Plans

The Training Instructions Plans (TIPs) are the valorised results produced by the MHS cluster of partners. A total of 96 different traditional maritime skills were recorded by the TMS project and the MHS cluster has combined these with the training experience accumulated over the years by the Heroes 2C project partners, and also involving new relevant partners. The TIP aims at guiding the trainer through the training of a student in a specific skill, step by step, from start to finish.

Review some current TIPS:

About the Accreditation

The selection of modules by the trainee & the credit system: Reach 100 credits to become accredited.

The MHS partners have classified all the recorded skills found on this Virtual Learning Environment into four categories:

  • Basic Skills (Compulsory)
  • Woodworking Skills (Optional)
  • Metal Skills (Optional)
  • Advanced Skills (Optional)

After having completed the “Basic Skills” modules which are compulsory, the student will have to choose a path which will be either Woodwork or Metalwork, depending on his/her preferences and/or capabilities. A number of credits have been allocated to each skill depending on how difficult it is. Under guidance of the trainer, the student will then choose a number of skills he wants to learn and if completed properly will give him/her the necessary amount of credits to be “MHS Accredited”.

For more information visit our accreditation page.


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