His role at UKSA will be to find new avenues of funding to support the charity’s work with disadvantaged young people who are struggling to find work, want to retrain or have been excluded from higher education.
Daryl Pride, Director of Development at UKSA said “UKSA has in place a series of new measures to help tackle youth unemployment, disengagement and social exclusion using maritime education and outdoor learning environments to change lives and broaden horizons.
“To attain our goals, we are focusing our efforts on partnerships with Trinity House and other maritime charity partners, developing training opportunities in the large yacht sector for Isle of Wight based young people. Fundraising is central to the success of all of these initiatives. Simon’s wide experience in the youth education charity sector will be integral to our capability to deliver these programmes during 2012 and beyond.”
Prior to the YMCA, Samuels was Regional Fundraising Manager for the national education charity Young Enterprise London. From 2001 to 2008, he was Consultant (Donors and Projects) to the Future Harvest Group (CGIAR). That organisation is an NGO sponsored by the UN and World Bank which works to alleviate hunger and poverty through the provision and development of self-sustaining agricultural practices in less developed countries. Samuels originally worked in investment banking, returning to full time education to gain an MA in Law at Cambridge University in 2005.
UKSA, which reaches its milestone 25th anniversary in 2012, is also looking to bolster its fund-raising capability at Trustee level. Interested parties with the relevant credentials are invited to contact Nadine Daniels at UKSA on +44 (0) 1983 294941.
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UKSA has worked to provide life changing outcomes for young people for 25 years. In that time, the charity has helped more than 100,000 individuals challenge personal boundaries, develop personal and employment skills and embark on fulfilling maritime careers.
This has been achieved by harnessing high quality maritime education, mentoring and support and making it available to all regardless of their background and ability.
An increasing number of young people are choosing the maritime sector as a career choice over and above University or other employment sectors. They are inspired by the rewards of a career with global opportunities.
UKSA trains 800 people each year for maritime employment, and works with a diverse range of employers, from the superyacht owner Roman Abramovich to the Nielson Holidays and PGL activity holidays to help them into employment.
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.