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Trinity House Partners with Hill Robinson to Support Aspiring Superyacht Officers

9th July 2023
The joint initiative between Trinity House and Hill Robinson will offer sponsorship opportunities to young people enrolling in officer cadet training
The joint initiative between Trinity House and Hill Robinson will offer sponsorship opportunities to young people enrolling in officer cadet training Credit: Trinity House

The General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales and Channel Islands, Trinity House is joining forces with Hill Robinson to create a new pathway for young people seeking careers as officers in the superyacht industry.

Part of Trinity House’s Merchant Navy Scholarship Scheme, the initiative will see Hill Robinson and Trinity House sponsor four cadets in undertaking a three-year officer cadetship, leading to Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) certification as a Deck or Marine Engineer Officer of the Watch (Unlimited).

The initiative is supported by Just Be Maritime, which will be managing the cadets, and Warsash Maritime School as training provider. Hill Robinson will be fully engaged in the cadet recruitment and selection process and successful candidates will have the possibility of employment on board a Hill Robinson-managed yacht as their careers progress.

Paul Cook, Chief Operating Officer of the Hill Robinson Group, commented; “We recognise that crew play a fundamental role in ensuring excellent operational and technical standards onboard our yachts to fully realise our client’s expectations. That is why Hill Robinson is delighted to be partnering with Trinity House to introduce newcomers to the superyacht industry and support them in achieving their career aspirations. Investing in young people is very close to our hearts, and we look forward to providing the young cadets with that first step into the superyacht industry.”

Captain Nigel Hope, Trinity House’s Director of Maritime Training, said of the new venture: “This new joint venture with Hill Robinson to match fund training for Merchant Navy Cadets on superyachts is a great enhancement to our Merchant Navy Scholarship Scheme. These exciting Deck and Engineer opportunities are a welcome commitment to not only a high standard of superyacht training for a growing sector, but also to supporting those from diverse backgrounds and who would benefit from financial and professional support.”

To find out more about the Merchant Navy Scholarship Scheme, please visit this website.

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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