The UKSA team had an amazing time at the Palma International Boat Show

The UKSA team had an amazing time at the Palma International Boat Show

The UKSA team had an amazing time at the Palma International Boat Show which took place from the 25th to 28th April, a time when the international nautical sector gather in Palma’s Moll Vell to present the latest industry innovations. The team caught up with some of the UKSA graduates, who are now out in the industry, for career and progression planning sessions. With many years of collective experience across all maritime sectors, the UKSA team live and breathe the industry – giving you the inside edge when training at UKSA. They guide and support applicants both during your time training with us and throughout your career in the maritime industry. You can find out more about UKSA’s careers courses HERE.

UKSA has made oyster regeneration part of the sustainability modules on its education course

UKSA students check on oysters

Following the launch of the Isle of Wight’s first oyster regeneration project in October last year, UKSA has now made it part of the sustainability modules on its education courses, as students check on the oysters, their baskets and measure their growth. This initiative would not have been possible without the generous funding support provided by Cowes Harbour Commission.

Ben Willows, CEO of UKSA said: “The launch of the oyster regeneration project at UKSA was landmark, and it was important to us to be able to incorporate the project within UKSA as much as possible. A great start in making a difference in the marine environment we call home, the project is a step forward for sustainability on the Island and the students having such a local reference while learning about sustainability is fantastic.”

UKSA is launching a screen time reduction trial

UKSA screen time reduction trial

UKSA is launching a screen time reduction trial in a bid to ease anxiety amongst its young students, as a third of the increasingly screen dependent Generation Z worry they’re spending too much time on social media. According to a GWI 2023 Report on Gen Z, 20 per cent of the generation say social media causes them anxiety, UKSA are therefore aiming for a 20 per cent reduction in screen time as part of a trial with 13 of its Further Education students and 3 of its staff. “We want to work with the students to help them create new, more healthy habits.” Kim Fry, Safeguarding and Welfare Manager at UKSA. Read more HERE.

UKSA has launched a new engineering pathway for young people

Scottish Coastal Clean Up - January

A recent report by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) highlights the lack of competent mariners with STEM skills, specifically engineering, and UKSA has responded by launching a new engineering pathway for young people. The Engineering Crew training course is for experienced or new crew who wish to work on small vessels or enter the super yacht industry through the engineering route. Chris Frisby, Director of Training and Operations at UKSA said: “At UKSA, we are developing skills for future role and creating the next generation of crew whilst supporting students to ensure they have the best opportunities for career progression.” Find out more HERE.

UKSA’s ‘Skills for Life’

UKSA's ‘Skills for Life’ - kids on boat

UKSA’s ‘Skills for Life’ measurement saw a 70% improvement with school children during residential visits in 2023.
UKSA has six ‘Skills for Life’: communication, decision making, teamwork, self-belief, determination and resilience, all deemed essential in a child’s overall personal development. Its activities for residential school group visits are mapped to its ‘Skills for Life’ framework. The skills are measured at the end of students’ stay with UKSA’s most recent results demonstrating that 75% improved their self-belief, 75% saw an improvement in their participation, 73% were more determined than when they started, 67% are more resilient, 63%have improved their decision making and 62% felt their communication had improved. Find out more HERE.

Changing Track: UKSA work with industry leaders

Dr Sylvia Earle visited andBeyond Benguerra Island

Changing Tack: UKSA work with industry leaders to improve wellbeing in the maritime sector. Passionate about creating a thriving industry where the welfare and safety of superyacht crew is supported and prioritised, the Changing Tack group formed in May and have since been collating research and creating recommendations to promote positive change. Following a successful round table this month earlier this morning, the group presented at the Superyacht Forum in Amsterdam, engaging the industry with a plan of action including central reporting and data sharing, a central way to access welfare support and mental health and leadership training.

UKSA officially launched the Isle of Wight’s first oyster regeneration project

UKSA Oyster Regeneration Project

On Wednesday the 18th October, UKSA officially launched the Isle of Wight’s first oyster regeneration project in partnership with Blue Marine Foundation and supported by Cowes Harbour Commission, as its first oysters were placed in baskets beneath UKSA’s pontoons to breed.
The project will facilitate the release of millions of larvae into the Solent. As ecosystem engineers, UKSA’s oysters will provide a range of benefits to the environment and people such as improving water quality, with a single oyster able to filter up to 200 litres of water every day, while also providing refuge for other marine life. Read more HERE.

UKSA is reporting its Further Education student intake for September 2023

Ocean Talks sponsored by OFF

UKSA is reporting its Further Education student intake for September 2023 is its highest on record, increasing 20% on 2022 figures, with 71% from those living on the Isle of Wight. Clare Powell, Education Manager at UKSA said: “We are seeing increases in our FE courses year on year with nearly three quarters local to us on the Isle of Wight. The maritime industry is on their doorstep and these courses are specifically designed to enable young people to enter the sector and have the opportunity to see the vast career options available to them.”

There are currently two places available for our Superyacht Cadetship starting in September

Ocean Talks sponsored by OFF

Many 18-year-olds have received disappointing A Level results this summer following the government changes to exam grading this year. As an alternative to University, UKSA provides structured pathways into maritime careers through its educational training programmes for the yachting, watersports and superyacht sectors – and there are a number of assisted funding options too. UKSA also provides training for maritime apprenticeships. There are currently two places available for our Superyacht Cadetship starting in September and more availability for our course starting in April 2024. See full course details HERE.

UKSA recently welcomed its Patron Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal

Ocean Talks sponsored by OFF

UKSA recently welcomed its Patron Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, who has been a patron of the charity since 1992, to its Founders’ Club dinner event to share some of the inspirational stories of beneficiaries the charity’s fundraising has contributed to. The event, held at Trinity House in London, welcomed supporters to hear from the world’s largest RYA centre and UK maritime charity about its current impact and future plans. Its work empowers young people to reach their potential by building essential life skills, using the power of the sea. Read more here.