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Neilson team up with youth charity UKSA

Neilson, the leading specialists in active holidays, has teamed up with youth charity UKSA to provide funded training for those who want to work for them as yacht trainers, yacht skippers or watersports instructors.

Anyone wanting to work on the water can now be trained at UKSA for a minimal financial commitment then go straight into guaranteed work with Neilson. It’s an exceptional opportunity for those seeking employment in the industry and the initiative is a first for both Neilson and UKSA.

The courses are suitable for anyone aged 18 or over – perfect for anyone from school leavers to those looking for a career change. The courses on offer include a Yachtmaster option leading to work as a yacht trainer or flotilla skipper, or Watersports Instructor option, leading to work teaching dinghy sailing and windsurfing.

Ben Willows, UKSA’s Director of Operations, said: “This is the perfect opportunity for all those people who want to change their career and want to work on yachts or in watersports but can’t afford the initial training.

“We are delighted to have teamed up with Neilson in this way, as not only are we going to be able to drive people into high-quality training and then onto guaranteed work with a reputable industry leader, but we can offer all this at little or no cost to the student.

“It ticks all the boxes for us as a charity and as a maritime training organisation that we can offer this solution to all the young people who come to us with the vision but not the means to make their dreams come true.”

Potential candidates will attend an assessment day with Neilson at their Brighton base. It is likely students will be asked to show their commitment by investing a nominal amount towards the course, with Neilson covering the majority of the cost. Full funding may be considered for some candidates. As a growing organisation looking to expand its summer holiday destinations, Neilson is in need of qualified instructors and knows UKSA can deliver what they are looking for.

Pip Tyler – Managing Director of Neilson, said: “Neilson have been offering overseas activity holidays to the UK public for close to 40 years and started working with UKSA over 25 years ago – over the years we have been able to rely on the quality of instructors produced from the UKSAcourses and feel confident this joint initiative will be a huge success – allowing more to enter the exciting world of activity holiday delivery.”

Courses start in November so graduates can work with Neilson for the 2015 season. Those interested in finding out more should contact UKSA on 01983 203038 for more details or go to

Neilson selection dates are:

27th, 28th 29th, 30th October to be held in Brighton at Neilson’s HQ

Course dates are:

-Professional Yachtmaster – 24th November – 8th March – 10 places available (2 week Christmas break)

-Professional Yachtmaster – 5th January –  5th April – 10 places available

-Watersports Instructor training – 26th January – 22nd March – 24 place available

-Watersports Instructor training – 23rd March – 17th May – 24 places available


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