Yachting company Edmiston and maritime training organisation UKSA have announced their collaboration in launching the Edmiston Foundation & Inclusivity Programme in a bid to address diversity within the superyacht industry. The foundation aims to provide young people with the opportunity to forge a career within the maritime industry thanks to the support of Edmiston who have provided £120,000 to deliver training and education opportunities devised and run by the UKSA for more than 200 young people per year. Starting next year, students will be able to apply for places on the Edmiston Superyacht Crew Training Programme, created and delivered by UKSA for Edmiston. The programme will mirror the standard 3-week crew training course but will include additional modules such as industry familiarisation, cultural integration and career development, expanding it to a 5-week programme in total.Photo: Edmiston Jamie Edmiston, Chief Executive of Edmiston, commented: “It is my hope that this new initiative will deliver opportunities to young people from all walks of life, ultimately leading to a fulfilling career at sea or within the maritime industry. We intend to proactively remove barriers and provide accessible opportunities to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and support them throughout their career journey.”
“The UKSA welcomes more than 10,000 young people every year onto water-based careers and activity programmes. Through this work, we have practical experience in delivering educational courses to help enhance our students’ life skills whilst creating concrete paths into maritime employment. This exciting collaboration with Edmiston means together we can deliver a significant impact in providing these opportunities to deserving young people whilst driving a meaningful cultural change to improve diversity in the maritime sector,” adds Ben Willows, Chief Executive of the UKSA.