Bursaries worth thousands of pounds, which could lead to globetrotting jobs on luxury yachts, are on offer thanks to Isle of Wight sailing charity UKSA.
The Cowes-based youth education charity is offering a dozen bursaries for its world-renowned four-year ‘cadetships’. Twelve internationally recognised yachting cadetships are on offer to 18 to 25 year olds looking for a rewarding alternative to university.
Six are provided by UKSA and maritime charity Trinity House. Each is worth £17,880, with £3,000 towards a Foundation Degree in the second year. The rest of the money pays for the first phase of training with UKSA in Cowes.
The deadline to apply is mid-July, so candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Another six cadetships are offered by maritime charity, Seafarers UK. Worth £10,500 each, covering the five-month first phase of training. The deadline to apply is not until mid-September.
UKSA said priority would be given to those who displayed a clear welfare need or proven family connection to the maritime industry.
Emma Baggett, cadetship manager said, “Our yachting cadets can easily graduate debt-free because of what they earn during what amounts to some two years of paid work placements - plus food and accommodation is included in the cost of training.
“Once on board a vessel almost all of the student’s living costs are covered by the yacht too.
"Entry level professional deckhands can typically earn €2000 a month tax free (not including tips) working in locations across Europe and the Caribbean - are a proven means of funding the rest of the cadetship."
UKSA also stipulate that applicants for the bursaries should have obtained at least 120 UCAS points (or the equivalent in work experience), and have high-grade passes in GCSE Maths and English.
They also specify that applicants must be seeking a genuine alternative to university and also demonstrate a keen desire for a long term career in the superyacht industry and whilst previous water sports and/or yachting experience is highly desirable, it is not essential.
For more information visit UKSA.