Funded training has been announced for would-be superyacht captains. Yachting Cadetship is a funded structured three-year apprenticeship, delivered in conjunction with Falmouth Marine School and approved by the University of Plymouth. With four places already snapped up, there are still two places left for its Autumn 2013 intake.

Yachting Cadetship programme by Isle of Wight-based youth charity, UKSA, is a structured three-year apprenticeship. It includes a Foundation Degree in Operational Yacht Science delivered in conjunction with Falmouth Marine School and validated by the University of Plymouth.

There are six places – four already taken - generously part funded by Trinity House under the Professional Yachtsman’s Bursary Scheme, set up to encourage young people into professional careers at sea in the superyacht sector. 
“This sponsorship scheme epitomises the aims and traditions of the Corporation, in selecting and supporting men and women to achieve the qualifications required to have a long and successful career at sea,” commented Captain Nigel Hope, director of Maritime Training for Trinity House.

Yachting Cadetship recruits at Trinity House

UKSA Cadetship Manager, Emma Baggett, said they were a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”:

“These bursaries are an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and geared towards MCA Officer of the Watch qualification. As part of the course, a dedicated team works with each cadet to prepare them for the industry. Utilising our exclusive crew placement website, alongside our global network of industry contacts, we assist with securing their employment phases - an excellent and proven means of funding the rest of the cadetship - plus there’s the opportunity of earning a very good starting salary at an early age, which you can’t do in most other professions.”

Applicants must attend a two day Cadetship Selection. Those who pass, also go to a final interview day in London, but these two final part-funded places are open to candidates until the end of August.

Applicants should be between 18 and 25 years old, have obtained at least 120 UCAS points (or the equivalent in work experience) and have high grade passes in GCSE Maths and English. Candidates must be seeking a genuine alternative to university and also demonstrate a keen desire for a long-term career in the superyacht industry - and whilst previous water sports and/or yachting experience is highly desirable, it is not essential.

Email or telephone 01983 203 038 for a Yachting Cadetship application pack and details on funding, interview dates and the Foundation Degree. There are some non-funded places still available for October 2013, plus interviews will begin in November for the October 2014 intake.

The bursaries will cover the first phase of training (five months) at UKSA’s Cowes campus and amount to a minimum of £17,000 worth of assistance. Both also include living allowance of £200 per month during this time. Once employed as entry level professional deckhands in phase two of the course, students can typically earn €2000 a month tax free (not including tips) working in locations across the Mediterranean, Caribbean and worldwide.