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Invaluable Maritime Skills for Teens

Students as young as 16 with an interest in a career in maritime, now have the chance to opt for a 2-year Maritime Foundation Course, courtesy of UKSA, the national youth maritime training charity based in Cowes, Isle of Wight.  The ideal entry level qualification to get them started on their seafaring career.

This brand-new, fully-funded foundation course is ideal for young learners who have just completed their GCSE’s in the UK, with absolutely no experience of the maritime sector, simply an interest in a career in this arena and a willingness to listen and work hard.

In return they’ll gain a broad base of knowledge, skills and qualifications that will demonstrate to potential employers their competency to work as a seafarer, making them far more employable onboard superyachts, within the fisheries industry, Merchant or Royal Navy.

Delivered as a 60/40 split of practical to theoretical based training, students will cover crucial topics such as: maritime safety, vessel rope work, anchoring, mooring operations, vessel construction, stability and control operation of rescue boats and survival craft. Just imagine how much more employable those skills render a qualified teenager set on a promising career at sea.

The perfect springboard to a pathway, which depending on the direction they take, will lead to further qualification, training and personal development as their maritime career progresses.

Funded as part of a full time 16+ Further Education programme, the course is ideal for candidates either looking for a maritime career or working towards the UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship.  And they still achieve their UCAS points required to progress onto the foundation degree attached to the Cadetship programme.

Welcoming some 10,000 students each year, UKSA’s Education Manager Will Satterly explained: " This new course is designed to open as many doors as possible for those willing to work hard, listen and learn from experienced tutors who are passionate about helping them set long term goals and giving them the tools to achieve them.”

“This Maritime Foundation could be the first step into a career in a thriving industry, with long-term prospects, opening pathways into future training."

For further information or to see what some of the UKSA students have gone on to do after their training visit: https://uksa.org

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