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NCW2024 – Marine and Defence

Did you know that Plymouth is known worldwide for its marine and defence expertise? Over 300 marine-related businesses are operating in the city. The work ranges from world-leading research, design and build, innovation and cutting-edge technology.

Plymouth is home to both the UK’s first National Marine Park and to Devonport Royal Dockyard, the largest naval base in Western Europe, which is the sole nuclear repair and refuelling facility for the Royal Navy accounting for over 11% of employment in the city.


Key roles in this sector includes:

  • marine engineer

  • surveyor

  • safety engineer

  • project manager

  • data scientist.

Key skills for this sector includes:

  • planning

  • initiative

  • following instructions

  • safe working

  • critical thinking.

For more localised information on Plymouth’s defence sector, click here for the latest Invest Plymouth’s Defence in Plymouth Fact Sheet, or for the marine sector, click here.

Plymouth businesses will need software engineers, mechanical engineers, electronic/electrical engineers and people with IT and robotic skills both now and in the future, so if you are looking to train for the marine and defence industries City College Plymouth, Babcock (via apprenticeships) and the University of Plymouth are great places to start.

You can also access this industry through apprenticeships – not just with Babcock either. Click here for our latest Apprenticeship Bulletin.


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