28 UKSA Professional Yacht Cadetship students (PYC) have swapped the more traditional career path of university for a life on the sea as they set sail on their dream career working as an Officer on-board luxury superyachts.
The cadets who are currently on phase one of the revered PYC at leading maritime training provider and youth charity UKSA, have just graduated from the first phase of the course after beginning their training in October.
At last week’s Graduation UKSA’s Maritime Training Ambassador Commodore David Squire commented; “Professionalism in the PYC is very important. Every yacht requires a professional crew of varying numbers and qualifications. The Professional Yacht Cadetship puts the professional into the training of superyacht crews”
As a real alternative to university, the PYCB combines study sessions and sea phase training to prepare them for a life as a deckhand whilst training for a long term career on superyachts. In addition, the course offers a Foundation Degree in Operational Yacht Science which is delivered in conjunction with Falmouth Marine School and validated by the University of Plymouth.
JP Eatock FdSc Course Manager from Falmouth Marine School explained; “It is massively important for young people to have alternatives to university. This course has a 99% employment rate; it is a job that creates a fantastic work ethic. What I notice about the UKSA students is that they are so focussed, the end point it always clear in their mind when they walk through the doors in October. The Cadets who do the degree are giving themselves something else, for when they potentially make change their career path.”
The PYC currently has 158 cadets out in the industry, which is testament to the growing recognition of the course, the demand for professionally trained crew, the support from organisations like Trinity House and Seafarers UK as well as UKSA’s global relationships with crew agents and captains.
Top Cadet Jordan Swindon, 18 from Southend on Sea explained; “I was an extremely keen sailor and this course was just perfect for me; although achieving high grades I was never motivated by my subjects at school. To train as an Officer and work around the world with great people is very appealing. The last six months of learning have been amazing.”
Just last month, UKSA announced a new partnership with Nautilus International which will look to protect all PYC students. This unique partnership will allow students to receive expert guidance on all aspects of their employment, as well as legal protection wherever they are in the world.
For the Phase One Cadets it isn’t the end but the start of something new and they embark of their superyacht career journey.