Those seeking the superyacht lifestyle might be interested to learn that in just three weeks it’s possible to equip yourself with the initial skills needed to work onboard.
There’s no better value course out there than the UKSA Superyacht Interior Foundation, as for those three weeks of intensive training the fee includes all your food and accommodation plus all the extras you get by training through a youth charity. The extra detail means we look after our students by giving them personal mentoring, realistic careers guidance and a placement service that will put them in contact with leading employers in the industry. You’ll also be taught by the best instructors around, including Vanessa Hodgson who is highly renowned in the superyacht industry. Vanessa has more than a decade of hands-on hospitality experience and now runs a highly successful company dealing in training, recruitment, supplies and consultancy within the superyacht world.
Vanessa said: “The UKSA course makes it very easy for the students as we have put together an umbrella course which gives them the skill set needed, from their interior training to the STCW Basic Safety which they will need to work onboard, to the on-going support they receive. All the guys and girls stay in contact with us and we mentor them through their career, not just when they are at UKSA.
“A lot of them come to us because they have the hospitality skills and want to travel and this just offers them the chance to do something really different. It gives them the chance to travel and to earn decent money. Because the course is so good, and it’s been running so long, it is well recognised within the industry and has a good reputation.
“There’s lots of moral support out there because whether you go to Palma or Antibes you’ll meet others who have come from UKSA, so it helps with networking which is half the battle when seeking employment. I think our students nearly all find employment within one to two months, and then they’re off.”
Most of the Interior graduates find junior steward/stewardess roles on yachts from 30m up, although some find other routes such as being sole stew on smaller boats or they transfer their skills and work the ski chalet seasons too. The work will undoubtedly be long hours doing basic service but the rewards are multiple, especially if you are competent, capable and confident. The wage packets are around 2,000 Euros per month plus bonuses, and of course much of this can be banked as your food and board is included. Not only is it a good alternative to uni as a route to employment, but many students take this route after uni as a good way to pay off their fees and travel the world at the same time.