Cowes Enterprise College is launching the first school-based marine hospitality course on the Island, in a unique partnership with UKSA.

Students will find a route into work on superyachts, cruise liners and at yacht clubs. Sixth form students can select the option without any prior experience, using UKSA and College facilities to learn marine hospitality, basic safety and to operate powerboats.

Principal Mr John Peckham said: “We are delighted to be able to offer the first course of its kind on the Island. This is a great opportunity for young people to train in a relevant industry for which there are regular vacancies. Our partnership with UKSA ensures that we have the right facilities and expertise for this kind of training. We’re inviting any interested people to come to an information evening at Cowes Enterprise College on Wednesday 24th June at 7pm to find out more.”

Chris Frisby, Head of Operations at UKSA, said: “UKSA is delighted to be working with Cowes Enterprise College to offer this exciting new course. It’s a completely unique chance for young people to train towards a career in the luxury hospitality industry; the skills learnt wilbe transferable for the wider travel and tourism industry. There are no formal entry qualifications so it offers a chance for students who may be looking for an alternative to the traditional education routes, to train towards a well-paid and rewarding career. UKSA has over 14 years of experience in delivering marine hospitality courses and our industry professionals know exactly what is needed to work as a steward, stewardess or cook on board. This course will provide students with a stepping stone towards their new career working on board luxury yachts in some of the world’s most glamorous locations.”