UKSA is helping young people get back to work by offering a unique residential sailing experience on a Prince’s Trust programme.

Unemployed young people are now able to take part in a residential sailing week to help them improve their confidence and team building skills.

It forms part of the Team programme, which is delivered by UKSA and the YMCA on the Isle of Wight and helps to tackle youth unemployment. The course gives unemployed 16-to-25 year olds the skills and confidence to find a job. More than 160,000 people from across the UK have taken part in Team since it was launched in 1990 – but this is the first time a residential sailing element has been introduced.

The five-day residential element involves living on-site at our waterfront campus and going out on the Solent in yachts, keelboats and other craft of all shapes and sizes. The participants also spend valuable time bonding and learning to live alongside each other on an ocean-racing yacht.

UKSA Chief Executive Richard Thornton explained: “We believe this sailing experience is the most powerful way to deliver a residential element. The participants experience the esprit de corps of living and working in close proximity to one another, which gives them hugely beneficial life and work skills. They swiftly learn to work as a team, develop trust, overcome fears and generally get the buzz from trying something new, succeeding and achieving, and ultimately feeling good about themselves.

“There are a lot of unemployed young people out there and this course gives them a chance to do something different, challenging and inspiring. As part of this residential element, the participants learn about opportunities to work in the wider maritime industry, which is for most an avenue they have never considered before. We are thrilled with the success of this programme.”

If you’re unemployed, aged 16-25 and looking for a new challenge, then Team could be just what you are looking for. It is a full-time, 12-week programme – it’s completely free and will not affect Jobseeker’s Allowance. The programme includes the five-day residential at UKSA, a community project, two weeks of work experience, and opportunities to produce or improve a CV.

Three in four young people helped by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.

Contact us on 01983 294941 to find out more.