GCSE results are out this week and after all the nail-biting and sweaty anticipation what does it mean for the future of all these young people? It signals the end of traditional schooling for some, or it represents the launchpad into Sixth Form for others. At 16 you might have the world at your feet and a clutch of qualifications to put towards a bright future, but others feel like they are stepping into the wilderness, on the verge of adulthood but not quite there yet and feeling like the future has little or no direction.

This is where a visit to UKSA can really help. We have open days coming up and of course there is no obligation to sign up with us! You can just come and take a tour of our campus and meet our staff, to find out about the different options we have available. It’s a great opportunity to bring your parent/s or come with a couple of friends and just find out more about UKSA. How much do you actually know about us?!

We’re based in Cowes so if you live on the Isle of Wight already it’s amazing to have such a huge training facility right on your doorstep. If you live beyond the Solent then we have 270-bed accommodation and often this is included in your course, so you could actually come and live on-site. We pride ourselves on the range of courses we have available, so we might have just the thing that fits you perfectly. Whether you’re the studious type looking for a career with a difference, or you prefer an outdoorsy lifestyle, the courses at UKSA are worth investigating.

Yes we are a sailing and watersports centre but you don’t have to have experience in any of this – a lot of our courses are entry level, perfect for enthusiastic young beginners. There are several routes leading to careers in yachting, watersports, superyachts and the wider maritime industry – where jobs are varied, interesting and in more abundance than in many other industries.

The obvious starting point for 16-year-olds is our BTEC courses. They are in Outdoor Industries and run in conjunction with the Isle of Wight College. Last year we had over a 90% retention rate across all our BTECs and everyone who completed the course is expected to pass. Nine out of ten of the Level 3 students found work in the watersports/marine industry this summer – so they are out earning money and adding experience to their CV right now. Nearly half the students loved UKSA so much they worked for us this summer – and when you see our fantastic waterfront site you’ll see why this is a big draw.

UKSA hold regular open days so why not phone and get yourself booked on? Find out about our BTECs on August 28, or come to our general information open day on September 13. To book, contact 01983 203038 or [email protected]