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uksatrainingUnemployed young people on the Isle of Wight are being given the opportunity to start the New Year with a new career and train to become a watersports instructor for free with UKSA.

The Cowes-based youth charity is renewing its offer for 2015 to provide funding for selected young adults to access the 12 -week watersports career course, the Watersports Instructor Training Diploma. There are 12 places available for the right candidates on the first course, which starts in March.

The course covers four disciplines (dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding), giving students an excellent start when looking for work in the watersports industry. The course includes two weeks of work experience at UKSA in Cowes, and participants will also be given guaranteed interviews with other leading watersports industry employers Neilson, Mark Warner, Sunsail and Ocean Elements.

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To be eligible, learners must be aged 19-24 when they start the course. If the applicant already holds a Level 2 qualification or higher, they will be eligible for 50% funding. If they do not hold a Level 2 qualification and are unemployed, they could qualify for full funding and do the course for free. It is suitable for absolute beginners.

The diploma does not include food or accommodation, but this can be added as a paid-for option. There is a small cost to join National Governing Bodies (RYA and BCU).

Chris Frisby, Head of Operations at UKSA, said:

“This is an incredible opportunity for any young person serious about starting a career in watersports. It really is the best start they can get if they want to work outdoors and have an interesting and fulfilling job. They will qualify in four disciplines, making them highly employable, and they will be guided in the right direction by our in-house mentoring and careers service.

“To be able to forge an entirely new career with very little financial outlay will be life-changing for many young adults. We are delighted to be offering this opportunity at UKSA.”

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As a funded course, there will be a selection process. Anyone interested should call UKSA’s course advisors on 01983 203038 or email [email protected] to find out more.

More detail about the course and the funding options can be found at

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