YOUTH charity UKSA has become the first yacht training establishment to secure UCAS accreditation on a professional maritime course.
The Isle of Wight facility’s Superyacht Cadetship Programme has gained UCAS accreditation for its Foundation Degree in Operational Yacht Science, run in conjunction with the University of Plymouth and Falmouth Marine School.
The charity said it represented a further step towards its aim to provide future yacht crew with both professional knowledge and recognised academic qualifications.
Recent changes to maritime legislation and much higher standards of maritime safety now require entry level yacht crew to have successfully completed a raft of qualifications including full medicals, sea survival training, firefighting and first aid as a minimum.
In the future, anyone potentially in command of, or serving as a member of crew aboard superyachts, typically costing £100 million plus, will require the highest standards of training and qualification.
With UCAS accreditation, students will have the advantage of being able to apply for student loans. Also, those interested in gaining a place on the cadetship programme can access bursaries and sponsorship to help support them during their studies.
Emma Baggett, cadetship manager at UKSA, said: "Our aim is not only to equip yacht crew with the skills and knowledge required to work on a superyacht, but also to provide them with the academic foundations for a life outside of yachting."