Superyacht Cadetship assisted funding

Funding for young people aspiring to train as professional superyacht crew.

Superyacht Cadetship assisted funding

This bursary scheme has been set up to help aspiring young (18-25 years old) seafarers train to become professional superyacht crew. The fund will provide a unique pathway into the superyacht industry for those young people who have the potential but not necessarily the funds to access training.

About the fund

Bursaries will allocate funds to selected young people to enable them to join the highly successful Superyacht Cadetship Programme.

The Superyacht Cadetship is a unique structured four-year programme is designed to train the future Officers and Captains of the superyacht industry. It combines the most relevant Superyacht training with personal mentoring, equipping graduates with a strong foundation of knowledge and realistic understanding of the industry they are entering in to.

The four-year programme is a career path to Officer of the Watch (Yachts less than 3000GT) and onward to Master (Yachts less than 500GT/3000GT) qualification, and was designed in consultation with the MCA.

Who qualifies for funding?

Cadets who qualify for this funding are typically aged between 18 and 25-years-old and drawn from a diverse background. Over the past 10 years, an average 30% of each annual intake of cadets have received assisted funding from our partnered maritime charities and funders.

The recognition and support from these highly respected maritime sector organisations is an effective endorsement of the Superyacht Cadetship as a respected and viable alternative to commercial/merchant routes or university study.

These schemes have a long-term remit of attracting increased funding, support and awareness from the superyacht and maritime sector, to further support careers in professional yachting.

Trinity House

Predating even the 1514 Royal Charter, Trinity House’s charitable duties emphasise training for prospective Merchant Navy officers and care for aged or distressed mariners and their dependants, whilst also providing grants for many other maritime charities whose objectives align with our own.

Today the charity disperses over £5 million to meet its goals; from providing almshouses for retired mariners and their dependants to sponsoring Merchant and Superyacht cadets through the Merchant Navy Scholarship Scheme and UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship programme.

Trinity House has been an investor in skills and training, to ensure that our nation’s mariners are world class and our maritime industries are successful and sustainable. For the 2019 Superyacht Cadetship programme, Trinity House are able to offer up to 75% funding for students who meet their criteria, meaning you could start your new adventure and career for only £4,450.

Trinity House assisted funding eligibility criteria requires applicants to have a minimum grade 6 in GCSE maths as well as A-levels in traditional subjects and 48 UCAS points.

The Seafarers’ Charity

The Seafarers’ Charity has been helping people in the maritime community for over 100 years, by providing vital support to seafarers and to those in education or training who are preparing to work or serve at sea.

The Seafarers’ Charity is also a leading provider of grants to maritime charities and charitable maritime projects, working to help serving and ex-serving seafarers and their families who are experiencing hardship.

The Seafarers’ Charity assisted funding eligibility criteria requires applicants to have a seafaring connection within the family (ie: RNLI, Fisherman, Merchant, Royal Navy etc.)

The TK Foundation

The TK Foundation’s mission is to enable disadvantaged young people to succeed and promoting maritime education and safety.

The foundation also enables disadvantaged young people to maximise their capabilities through pathways such as education, training, and life skills with a view to becoming self-sufficient.

The TK Foundation assisted funding eligibility criteria requires applications to have a financial need, for example: somebody who would be unable to access the Superyacht Cadetship without financial support.

How can I apply for the Superyacht Cadetship funding?

Our course advisors will be able to assess your eligibility, advise you on how much you might be able to get funding for and support you with your funding applications. They are a friendly bunch so please call 01983 203038 or email [email protected].



I started the SYC in October 2010 and completed my Officer of the Watch (OOW) 3000gt (Y) qualification in early 2014. Receiving the Trinity House bursary was incredibly important to me because without it I wouldn’t have been able to fund the course. It gave me the extra drive to show everyone that they were right to give me the funding.

Lewis Smith – Business owner/SY Cadetship graduate

Read more