In representing the ‘future’, the charity is supporting a Marine Engineering youth project (see details below). It also aims to raise increased funds in support of its work with Maritime Youth organisations.
Supporting future seafarers
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.
Marine Engineering Pathway Project to inspire young people
Since the launch of this major three-year project in 2016, Seafarers UK and its co-sponsor and delivery partner, Sea Cadets have been working in partnership to inspire and engage young people in learning more about careers in STEM and to think about a future in marine engineering.Read case study
Bursary support for cadetship
The UK Sailing Academy (UKSA) was awarded £51,000 in 2015 by Seafarers UK. This grant supports a bursary scheme to assist new students each year from disadvantaged backgrounds in gaining skills, confidence and, ultimately, employability as seafarers. It enables them to complete the Officer of the Watch 3000GT Professional superyacht cadetship, including a foundation degree in Operational Yacht Science.
Ashley Redwood, 19, attended an open day at UKSA. “Staff at UKSA identified me as a potential candidate for a Seafarers UK bursary, as I had a seafaring background and was part of a Royal Navy recognised Sea Scout group where I had helped for over three years. I also had funding difficulties. This is a huge opportunity for me.”
2017 is a very special year for Seafarers UK, so why not make it the year you do something special too and help us to support people like Ashley with a donation to our ‘Future Seafarers Centenary Appeal’.