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In 2017, Döhle Yachts became the first yacht management company to support cadets enrolled in Warsash Maritime School’s officer cadet training programme by fully sponsoring the placement of two cadets. Döhle Yachts has recently sponsored two cadets for the 2020 intake and will start accepting applications for future intakes in the new year.
The programme is aimed at those who may have little or no previous experience of working at sea, but wish to become officers on board superyachts or within the wider maritime industry, and offers support, structure and opportunities for young people at the beginning of their careers. The three-year deck officer cadetship at Warsash leads to the issue of a UK MCA Officer of the Watch (Unlimited) Certificate of Competency (CoC), with routes for aspiring engineers and ETOs also available through the engineer officer cadetship and ETO officer cadetship.
One of Döhle Yachts' first cadets, Max Taylor-Nobbs, has now completed the cadetship and intends to pursue a career in the superyacht industry, securing a deckhand position on a 130-metre (426-foot) motoryacht.
In a webcast episode, Taylor-Nobbs spoke to Ben Geary, fleet statutory manager at Döhle Yachts, about his cadetship experience. “The three-year cadetship course is split into five phases, within which you spend a total of 12 months at sea and alternate between phases at sea and phases at Warsash,” he explained.
“What I loved about it is that you are always applying the new things you are learning on shore, and then being able to bring things you have learnt from the time at sea.”
Throughout the course, cadets spend their time at sea on a variety of vessels, including superyachts, cruise ships, research vessels and container ships. Richie Blake, managing director of Döhle Yachts, discussed that they look for the yachts they have relationships with in order to secure these placements. “It’s not easy, as yachts don’t have excess crew accommodation, but a number of yachts have kindly hosted our cadets during crossings or quiet periods,” he says. “The enthusiasm we have seen so far from the captains and chief officers has been really humbling – they recognise the need for the programme and have really put in an effort to help the cadets learn while they’re on board. There is no financial return, but that’s not what it’s about, it’s about supporting the industry and helping young people get a good start in their career.”
Additionally, Döhle Yachts and Warsash host an annual seminar for all the cadets on the programme to discuss the superyacht industry, with industry captains and representatives from flag states and classification societies also present. “The networking opportunities that provided us with was great,” reflected Taylor-Nobbs. “Meeting current and former captains and people from all sides of the industry really helped me with getting advice for the future.”
Once the cadets have finished the programme, Döhle Yachts helps them secure their first position on a yacht. “Even though they come out with their OOW CoC, they aren’t going to be joining a yacht as a third or second officer,” added Blake. “We are very careful to manage their expectations in this respect and they are aware that they will have to get experience as a deckhand first. Yachting is a lot more hands-on than other maritime sectors, but with commitment they will be able to work their way up quicker with the licence.”
Döhle Yachts will soon be welcoming applications for the next intake from which interviews will be held and the candidates chosen for full sponsorship. The fully-funded sponsorship is open to male and female candidates for either the deck, engineering or ETO cadet programmes and offers a great opportunity for aspiring yacht officers to progress their career without amassing student debt.
Source: Superyacht News
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