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Internship Scheme

Cardiff Yachting Company Internship Scheme


Have you ever wanted to have a career at sea? Could you be a master of a superyacht, sail yacht, pilot boat or research vessel? Where do I start? Isn’t this expensive? Where can I find funds to assist? Just some questions, there will be many more.

Uniquely in Wales, possibly the only second one in the UK, Cardiff Yachting Company is offering an accessible pathway into the marine industry for the community of the Bristol Channel whether a young person or those more mature wishing to change their careers. This is achieved through a 12 week internship scheme working with the company and collaborative partners.

At the end of the programme you will have had experiences, industry standard training and certificates that will set you up for your career with it be either sail or motor. Moreover, if this is not for you then experiences will have likely helped you reach the decision and will stand you in good stead for the future.

Thanks to Will in 2019 who became our first internee – he has recently secured a job with Bay Island Adventures, and obtained a bursary to complete his Yachtmaster training later on this year. Our Internee for 2020 Neil has already started and helping out with the business.

The Programme

Start dates are seen below. There will be a common 6 week foundation Stage1 and experiences, followed by a Stage 2 Sail Yacht or Powerboat option.

Programme Start Dates
1 Monday 01/06/20 to Friday 21/08/20
2 Monday 07/09/20 to Friday 21/11/20
3 Monday 08/03/21 to Friday 28/05/21


Internee Programme – Stage 1
1 Induction, Comp. Crew, First Aid Course
2 RYA Day Skipper Theory
3 Boat Maintenance
4 Challenge Wales Experience
5 Company Mate Experience
6 RYA L2 Powerboat – Stage 2 Options


Internee Programme – Stage 2 Sail
7 Company Mate Experience
8 Maintenance, VHF Course & Exam
9 Challenge Wales Volunteer
10 Co. Mate Experience & Diesel Engine
11 RYA Day Skipper Practical Course
12 Company Mate Experience


Internee Programme – Stage 2 Motor
7 Company Mate Experience
8 Maintenance, VHF Course & Exam
9 RYA Intermediate Powerboat Course
10 Advanced PB Course Theory
11 Advanced PB Course
12 Company Mate Experience

Fitness to Participate in the Programme

Being a master at sea in relies on your fitness to pass the MCA ENG1 Medical – There are a number of doctors who are authorised to conduct this examination across the Bristol Channel area. The maximum published fee is £95.00 This is mandatory before moving onto Stage 2 of the scheme. You should also be able to swim 200 metres.


Application & Selection Process

Applications are encouraged from any person with the only qualification is being over 18 years of age. The application can be completed on line or you can send a copy to the Programme Principal, Peter Pope.

There will be an Informal Interview Process conducted by the Principal and an Independent Assessor. They will seek to measure your suitability for the role and motivation to see the process through to its conclusion.

The Principal welcomes an informal face to face meeting to discuss the scheme and your suitability to undertake the opportunity. This may have to be pre-arranged to fit in with other commitments.


My Responsibilities whilst being an Internee?

You may have funding from external sources to carry out the Internship and consequently those parties will have a stakeholder interest in your conduct and commitment to the scheme. Your behaviour standards are set out in the CYCo Code of Conduct which will be outlined in the Induction at the beginning of the programme.

If you without notice and/or fail to provide a medical reason to leave a formal part of the course then it is likely you will by default forfeit your place on the scheme.

The programme is about your development – if you have an alternative paid job or other opportunity emerges, then you can withdraw your commitment to the scheme directly other than to participate in an exit review meeting.


External Funding

Currently there is an opportunity to receive up to £250.00 per month Job Experience Allowance for up to 2 months together with travelling expenses from Job Centre Plus. This can contribute towards your MCA Medical Examination, RYA First Aid, VHF Course and Exam, boots and waterproofs.

There is also a possibility of funding from Reardon Smith Nautical Trust for Wales Residents less than 25 years of age to cover other course fees.

Cardiff Yachting Company has set aside a fund towards non-discretionary grants for course fees for those ineligible to receive funding from other sources.


Internship Achievements

Stage 1 Stage 2 – Sail Stage 3 Motor
RYA Competent Crew

RYA Day Skipper Theory

RYA First Aid Course

RYA L2 Powerboat Course

RYA Day Skipper Practical

RYA Diesel Engine Course

RYA VHF Course & Exam

RYA Intermediate PB

RYA Advanced PB

RYA VHF Course/Exam

On Board Experiences

Sea Miles

Days on Board

On Board Experiences

Sea Miles

Days on Board

On Board Experiences

Advanced PB Theory

Sea Miles

Stage 1 External & RYA Course Costs = £1265.00 Stage 2 External & RYA Course Costs = £825.00 Stage 2 External & RYA course costs = £825.00


Want to get underway? – Contact the Programme Director – Peter Pope

Booking Enquiry Form

07403 151561 – peter@cardiffyacht.co.uk

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