Skilled boaters who can prove their dedication to the marine industry could be eligible for a training grant.
Trinity House and the RYA teamed up in 2018 to launch the Trinity House RYA Yachtmaster® Scholarship, an exciting new initiative for those working, or aspiring to work in the small commercial vessel sector.
Dedicated to the safeguarding of shipping and seafarers, maritime charity Trinity House, has committed to providing an annual grant fund to be distributed by the Trinity House/RYA selection panel amongst a number of carefully selected potential skippers. The aim of this funding is to assist applicants in getting the qualifications needed to pursue, or further their careers.
The small commercial vessel sector provides a huge and diverse employment opportunity for mariners, both within the UK, as well as overseas. From high-speed experience rides, eco-tourism and windfarm workboats, to racing charters on the Solent, superyachts around the globe and so much more - there is a career opportunity for every taste.
Since its introduction, the scholarship has seen grants awarded to more 15 deserving individuals, aiding career progression through opportunities for further training.
Applications are taken on an ongoing basis, with interviews being held approximately every six months at Trinity House in London.
Candidates will need to demonstrate a high level of commitment and achievement in the industry already, or for those keen to enter the industry they will be able to show a history of excellence in studies or in leisure boating activity. Applicants will also need to be able to demonstrate a clear intention to work within the small commercial vessel sector.
Nominations for a candidate must be made by a principal of one of the RYA’s vast network of RYA recognised training centres, where candidates will have shown exceptional boating, navigation and/or leadership skills.
Download the application form here.
For more than 500 years Trinity House, in addition to the provision of aids to navigation, has been looking after the welfare of seafarers through its charitable aims. It is renowned for promoting and funding education for seafarers in the Merchant Navy. In more recent times it has also provided bursary funding for ASTO (Association of Sail Training Organisations) personnel and cadetships for candidates entering the superyacht sector.