They completed a City & Guilds NVQ in Activity Leadership at UKSA which delivered the course in partnership with the IW College. As well as successfully passing the NVQ, Charlie and Phil also gained vocational qualifications such as RYA Powerboat Level 2, RYA First Aid at Sea and a BCU 2 Star in kayaking.
Further Education Co-ordinator Gary Kurth says “We are proud of all our NVQ students for their dedication and enthusiasm throughout the course. We are exceptionally pleased that Charlie and Phil’s high standard of work, motivation and commitment to complete voluntary work experience has been recognised by their awards.”
Both Charlie and Phil plan to complete a Watersports Apprenticeship at UKSA and work towards becoming part of the Watersports team in 2012.
Phil says “I wanted my studies to be relevant to a career in the watersports and leisure industries. The course at UKSA was really hands-on, I’ve learnt a lot, made some great friends and am looking forward to starting the Watersports Apprenticeship in September.”
This September UKSA are launching a new course in ‘Marine Industry Leadership’, offering an even wider range of academic and vocational qualifications alongside practical learning with industry professionals.
Anyone interested in applying for this year’ Marine Industry Leadership course can visit http://www.uksa.org/
UKSA is a leading youth maritime charity, working to change lives through maritime education and personal development. 7,222 individuals benefited from UKSA’s charitable activity in 2010, of which 17.6 per cent received assisted funding from UKSA.
As a globally recognised professional training provider in yachting and watersports, UKSA has a strong alumni network in the global maritime industry. Its graduates include the world-renowned sailor Dee Caffari.
Based in Cowes, UKSA’s 3.5 acre on shore campus and fleet offers a comprehensive range of industry accredited yachting and watersports careers programmes, leisure training and multi activity watersports activities for schools and youth groups.
UKSA was founded by the retail entrepreneur Noel Lister. The charity celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012.
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As a youth maritime charity, UKSA uses maritime education and on-the-water activities to inspire individuals and transform lives. Personal development, improved self esteem, broadened horizons and fulfilling maritime careers are just some of the outcomes.