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Beatrice Perks

The experiences you have and the people you meet are incredible.

With the superyacht industry experiencing year-on-year growth, there is an increasing need for highly trained interior hospitality crew. UKSA’s Superyacht Stewardess and Steward Training course provides stewards and stewardesses with the necessary qualifications, practical skills, industry guidance, knowledge and support required to embark on a career in the luxury industry.

Beatrice, a former Executive Officer at the Department of Work and Pensions and Bar Supervisor in Bristol, discovered UKSA through internet research. The positive reviews from previous attendees and future employers influenced her decision to enroll in the academy, and the Isle of Wight location with its beautiful scenery and safe on-site residential environment was an added attraction.

“Life at UKSA was full on and never a dull moment. The experiences you have and the people you meet are incredible, a lot of great memories and friends are made. The instructors were friendly, fun, informed and supportive when needed.”

While working in an office following university, Beatrice had the desire to further her hospitality experience and explore the world while being financially self-sufficient. She opted for a career change and embarked on her adventure at UKSA.

UKSA’s waterside campus is a short stroll away from restaurants and bars providing great nights out, and the Isle of Wight offers some beautiful scenic walks that she enjoyed in her free time away from the course. The onsite bar was also a convenient and fun way to socialise and meet new people from other courses.

“The friends you make and the experiences you have at UKSA are amazing. You are in a supportive environment where you get to meet many interesting and diverse people, who are also like-minded.”

Beatrice found the firefighting section of the course to be both the best and scariest experience of her life! She found the cocktail making and flower arranging lessons professional and enjoyable, providing an opportunity to get creative and learn about the products used in a yachting service environment.

Now working on an 80m yacht as a stewardess, Beatrice has the goal of becoming a purser in the yachting industry and aims to gain more relevant qualifications and experience. She recommends anyone who is considering the Superyacht Steward and Stewardess Course to research the course content and recruitment process to see if it’s a suitable path for you.

Her top tip: In such a competitive market, she advises signing up with agencies and maritime groups quickly, and making applications and CVs stand out as much as possible to increase the chances of employment. By signing up for groups, individuals can gain an understanding of what employers are looking for and get connected
with others in the industry.

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