Charlie had just finished sixth form and his A Levels and although being a bit of an academic he didn’t really want to go down the university route. He wanted to do something different.

With a background in dinghy sailing he had heard about Trinity House opportunities, and living in Harwich, Essex, the headquarters were local to him. He briefly considered Merchant Shipping Scholarships but when he heard more about the superyacht route this piqued his interest. It didn’t take him long to find out about UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship and the possibility of being funded to the tune of thousands of pounds by Trinity House.

Charlie explained: “Part of what I liked was that it gave you all your qualifications in one package, and also I thought I would enjoy it. It was vocational and it could lead to a job – it just sounded something so different to uni, but still offering a foundation degree.

“Getting the funding was very beneficial to me, that Trinity House bear the brunt of the fees is incredible. I wouldn’t have been able to have done it without this support.

“I think quite a lot of people rush into uni and I didn’t want to be pushed into it. People should consider all the options out there.

“UKSA has been very intensive but I’ve been impressed. I am looking forward to getting my first job on a superyacht and working in the industry, and to see where it takes me.”