UK school leavers unable to secure a place at conventional universities, or other young people considering alternative career paths, can now apply for specially-funded superyacht training bursaries.
Isle of Wight-based youth education charity UKSA still has 12 bursaries left to allocate on its four-year cadetship — including a foundation degree in Operational yacht science delivered in conjunction with Falmouth Marine School and the University of Plymouth.
Training begins in October 2014 and allows students to ‘earn whilst they learn’ and train for a career on superyachts. Applicants for the bigger bursaries need to apply before mid-July 2014.
The yachting cadetships for 18-25-year-olds are part-funded by two Nautilus partner charities. Six of the bursaries — available via Trinity House — amount to £17,880 of assistance/funding (£3,000 is towards the foundation degree in Year 2 and the rest for the first phase of training at UKSA’s Isle of Wight campus).
Alternatively, another six are available from Seafarers UK, at £10,500 for the five-month phase one training (£2,000 of which is from the Milo Hanlon Bursary). Mid September is the deadline for applications and priority will be given to those who display a clear welfare need and/or have a proven family connection to the maritime industry.
One such beneficiary who landed his first professional deckhand job on a superyacht based in the south of France is Jake Howard of Ipswich. He said of his training: ‘I’ll always be indebted to Trinity House for making my dream a reality because without their help it just wouldn’t have been possible. The first phase at UKSA has been brilliant, but properly working on a megayacht is the real deal and will allow me to develop a career where I can work hard, progress and see the world alongside like-minded people. It’s very slick and professional and you quickly see how the other half live, but my UKSA training will stand me in good stead and I’m confident I’ll both fit in and do a really good job.’
For further cadetship bursary information, contact UKSA’s career advisors on 01983 203038, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.