Please spread the word! Here at UKSA in Cowes we still have some funded places available on our flagship course, the Superyacht Cadetship, thanks to generous bursaries worth several thousands of pounds from Trinity House and Seafarers UK. It’s an amazing opportunity for young people looking for an alternative to university.

The course is a ground-breaking, highly-respected and finely structured programme designed to train the future officers and captains of the superyacht industry. It combines phases of training at UKSA with paid work placements in the growing, and lucrative, superyacht industry, and includes a Foundation Degree in Operational Yacht Science delivered in conjunction with Falmouth Marine School and validated by the University of Plymouth. Training begins in October. Earn while you learn, travel the world and qualify to degree level!

UKSA yachting cadets are typically aged between 18 and 25 and are drawn from a variety of backgrounds – the bursaries making it a valid option for even more career-minded young people.

One of the lucky ones was Thomas Higgins, 22, of London, who knows of no-one else in his local community that works at sea, never mind anyone training to work on superyachts! He was granted a bursary by Trinity House following a successful application process, and he couldn’t believe his luck.

He explained: “Trinity House paid 75% of the first phase, including food and accommodation, and gave me £200 a month living allowance. They also pay for the foundation degree I am doing as part of the course. A student loan covers the rest. You can imagine, I am ecstatic. It has completely changed my life, and I can hardly believe it is happening to me. I am really driven to get myself a good career now I have been given this opportunity, it is such a privilege, I just want to work really hard to get as far as I can in the industry. I’m under no illusions that I will be expected to work hard but – superyachts – it’s quite seductive, what a unique industry to be working in!”

To find out about bursaries, email [email protected] or telephone 01983 203038 for an application pack.