A new bursary scheme has been launched to help aspiring young seafarers train to become professional superyacht crew.

UKSA, in conjunction with The Trinity House Maritime Charity, launched The Superyacht Cadetship Bursary at the headquarters of Trinity House on Wednesday (Feb 25).

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. The bursary will allocate funds to selected young people to enable them to join the highly successful Superyacht Cadetship at UKSA on the Isle of Wight.

The Cadetship, established for ten years now, is a structured programme designed to train the future Officers and Captains of the superyacht industry. It combines the most relevant 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 STCW II/1 Officer of the Watch (Yacht <3000GT) and onward to STCW II/2 Master (Yacht <3000GT) qualification, and was designed in consultation with the MCA.

Cadets are typically aged between 18 and 25-years-old and are drawn from a variety of backgrounds. By combining academic study and practical paid work experience on superyachts, cadet graduates are able to forge long term careers in all areas of the sector, from private performance racing superyachts to the largest, most high-profile motor vessels.

Cadets also have the opportunity to undertake a Plymouth University Foundation Degree in Operational Yacht Science leading to a full BSc if required. This degree course has joint qualifications with the merchant/commercial training route affording graduates the opportunity to cross over into other sea-going pathways.

A third of each annual intake of cadets has traditionally received substantial sponsorship from leading maritime charities Trinity House and Seafarers UK. The recognition and support from these highly respected maritime sector organisations is an effective endorsement of the cadetship as a respected and viable alternative to commercial/merchant routes or university study.

The new bursary has a long-term remit of attracting increased funding, support and awareness from the superyacht and maritime sector, to further support careers in professional yachting.

Emma Baggett, UKSA’s Industry and Cadetship Manager, said: “We are delighted to launch this new bursary fund. We have consistently shown that there are young people out there who, without financial assistance, would not be able to access careers within the growing superyacht sector.

“Having a central funding pot like this makes it easier for individuals and organisations within the marine industry to invest in, and offer their support to, young people out there who have to desire and potential to become professional yachtsmen and women, who would not otherwise be able to launch such a rewarding career by themselves.

“We look forward to working with the maritime sector to help make the dreams of these young people a reality.”