Where are they now?!

UKSA enjoyed catching up with some of our Phase Three Cadets recently:

Fred Reading, 21, ended up in Australia after graduating from the first phase of UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship. He originally went to the South of France to look for work in time-honoured fashion, but got offered a job Down Under.

It was an incredible opportunity, working on a privately owned boat which was rented out to a science foundation, which took scientists out to study. It specialised in diving trips and had a deep compression chamber onboard, which led to Fred gaining his chamber operators certificate.

He worked on the boat in Sydney and on diving trips to the Great Barrier Reef, the Soloman Islands and Pilau – arguably among the most beautiful diving destinations in the world.

Fred originally got a career development loan so he could undertake his initial training at UKSA, and since then his wages have been going towards paying it off. As part of his Cadetship he is also undertaking a foundation degree. He recently returned to UKSA for his Phase Three training.

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UKSA Professional Yacht Cadet Archie Willis recently returned to campus for his Phase Three training after a rather different sea phase to everyone else!

Following what he described as a lucky break, Archie had spent the past few months on the racing circuit and has a two year contact to continue his work.

He said: “I was looking to get on the big yachts but I have quite a strong sailing background and I ended up racing on the Med with a team of ten guys. I was on a classic 16m and thoroughly enjoyed it. I got the job through UKSA as they got me the contact.”

The 19-year-old, from Essex, said he would definitely recommend UKSA as an alternative to university: “I did look at going to uni, but although 20 years ago people were looking for undergraduates, now it seems the majority of people go to university and so many people are left without core skills.

“Boats are looking for practical navigators and I liked the look of the UKSA cadetship because it is very structured and a staggered programme with employment support, so that drew me to the course.”

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Ed Craze is a Trinity House sponsored superyacht cadet, currently working within the industry.

During the winter he returned to UKSA for his Phase Three training, but prior to that he had been working on a 50m motor yacht on a passage down through Biscay and round the Mediterranean. He was on the watch role and helming eight hours a day, which he found to be great experience.

He returned to the same yacht after his training phase, where he works as part of a crew of 10.

He said of his Trinity House backing: “It helped me quite a lot as I would not have been able to do this otherwise, it is nice to be backed by an organisation so prestigious.

“The Superyacht Cadetship is well structured so doing your training this way gives you targets, rather than doing it all in little bits. It points you in the right direction for a long-term career.”

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The summer of 2014 sounds idyllic when you hear of all the places Matthew Hawkins travelled to. He spent the whole season working on a 49m motor yacht and spent the summer sailing around Italy, France, Ibiza, Corsica, Sardinia and Malta.

At 19 the UKSA superyacht cadet is enjoying his work far more than if he had gone to university – he knew he would rather do something more practical and more suited to him.

He explained: “I saw UKSA as an alternative route and my parents had a 38ft motorboat so sailing as a career was perfect for me. A lot of my friends are at uni but I feel like I am out there living, this is enough studying for me, combining it with work phases. And I’m earning. I hope to save up and get on the property ladder, that’s one of my aims. University is not for everyone.”

Matthew is back working in the industry following his Phase Three training at UKSA over the winter.