Supporting young people and future seafarers

Glenn joined Sea Cadets, a charity partly funded by Seafarers UK, at the age of 13. Coming from a disadvantaged area, he never believed that he would ever succeed in anything or would be going anywhere in life. This affected his life dramatically. ‘I was lacking confidence and was always very low on self-esteem.’

The day when Glenn’s mum suggested he joined Sea Cadets with her friend’s daughter, changed his life. ‘Without Sea Cadets, I’d possibly be smoking and drinking out on a street. Instead, I am attending courses, gaining qualifications and representing my country at national competitions.’ Now, aged 16, Glenn achieved around 35 qualifications, including some in physical training and marine engineering. He also obtained a powerboating licence that would allow him to drive a speedboat anywhere in the world.

‘Having so many qualifications opens up so many doors for my future job prospects. I can’t thank Sea Cadets enough; it has truly changed my life forever.’

Seafarers UK gives grants to Maritime Youth organisations and projects where the focus is on providing young people with the training needed for a potential career at sea. A major beneficiary of Seafarers UK’s funding is the Marine Society & Sea Cadets.

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