Vacancy for Apprentice Welder/Fabricator

Welder working at C Toms & Son

We are currently looking for an apprentice welder/fabricator to join the team in our boatyard.

The successful candidate will work alongside our experienced welding team and have a lot of opportunity to learn on site together with attending Cornwall College to undertake NVQ qualifications.

Our aim is that any apprentices we take on will become a full employee on completion of their apprenticeship.

Key tasks as an apprentice welder/fabricator will include:

  • Learning how to install, repair and fabricate boat beams, panels and parts out of metal.
  • Learning all types of welding procedures including stick, mig and arc welding, using appropriate procedures for the material and for the application of the material being welded.
  • Developing knowledge of different metal cutting procedures.
  • Assisting the senior welders with lifting and fitting boat frames and panels.
  • Reading and interpreting boat plans and technical drawings.
  • Working alongside and supporting carpenters, electricians, painters and other trades specialists.
  • Involvement where required on the refurbishment and refit of fishing boats, commercial vessels and yachts.
  • Assisting with the lifting/slipping and launch of vessels by crane or on the slipways.

This is a great opportunity for the right individual to develop their career as a welder/fabricator, learn lots of specialist skills and gain an apprenticeship qualification.

For further information about this role call Karen Toms on 01726 870232 or email

Norfolk wherry barge delivered safely

New wherry barge arrives on the Norfolk Broads

Here’s a picture of the Norfolk wherry barge we’ve just built arriving safely on the Broads last Friday after a long journey by road from Cornwall.

She was launched at Broom’s boatyard in Brundall and then motored to the Broads Authority’s base for the official handover.

The new barge has been named ‘Cygnet’ after an old timber wherry that used to transport coal up into the port of Norwich.


New wherry barge launched

New wherry barge launches at C Toms & Son

We have launched a new wherry barge today which has been built for the Norfolk Broads Authority.

You can see more pictures of her being launched and undergoing trials on a very empty Fowey Harbour in our Norfolk wherry barge album on our Facebook page.

The vessel is due to be lifted out of the water at Par Docks and then transported by road to Norfolk.