LEGASEA announces mentorship with Burgess and Quay Crew

Yachting’s first industry-wide Mentoring programme, LEGASEA Mentorship in association with Burgess and Quay Crew, is set to launch in December 2021 following a successful pilot programme.

LEGASEA Mentorship is the first industry-wide mentoring programme for career-focused yachting professionals, designed to connect the next generation of talent with key industry mentors who want to give back to an industry they love.

The mentorship programme matches up and coming yachting professionals with appropriate and experienced mentors who support them with career progression and opportunities depending on their goals.

Mentees will benefit from regular one-to-one sessions as well as community learning, peer-to-peer networking and exclusive industry discounts.

The programme is for all individuals, regardless of which boat they work on, or the company they are employed by. It welcomes all departments on board and all sectors ashore, recognising that a circular knowledge economy and opening up the dialogue between shore and sea will create ripple effects elevating all areas.

Scholarships

The programme is available to all crew for a fee, however, specialist superyacht recruitment agency Quay Crew and industry-leading professional services company Burgess will both be providing ‘Scholarship Seats’. This will give candidates the opportunity to join the unique LEGASEA mentorship programme.

Any career-focused candidate within the Burgess fleet or who works with Quay Crew and wants to explore professional development opportunities within the sector are encouraged to apply for a Scholarship Seat.

Scholarship Seats will be awarded to individuals who can demonstrate that they are career-driven and keen to explore ways they can progress in the yachting sector, whether that is on board or by transitioning ashore.

Burgess and Quay Crew, as innovative industry leaders, believe in a responsibility to invest in the next generation. A successful future for the superyacht industry depends on collaboration and realising the collective intelligence from established industry professionals. They have the ability to establish cultures of inclusion, collaboration, and high performance that unites the industry towards a common goal, to see our industry at its best.

LEGASEA’s Mentorship programme promises to:

• Invest in and include the next generation

• Facilitate a circular knowledge

• Cultivate a robust talent pipeline

• Bridge the gap between sea and shore-side sectors

• Provide access and opportunities to career-focused yachting professionals

This is the second intake for LEGASEA Mentorship, which mentored over 90 people during its pilot six-month programme between November 2020 and June 2021.

Jenny Matthews, founder of LEGASEA and She of the Sea, commented, “The overall purpose of this platform is to remove the luck of the draw for career-focused yachting professionals, providing access to opportunities, knowledge and networking, and to create that circular knowledge economy that benefits all members, professionally and personally.

“We really value the collaborative aspects of partnership and only want to work with organisations that hold aligned principles and provide real value to our members professionally and personally.”

Lucy Medd, partner and fleet crew manager at Burgess, noted, “We are delighted to be sponsoring this programme, and to be championing our hard-working crew. We strongly believe that career progression whether on board or ashore is a worthy cause to support.

“We look forward to receiving applicants for our scholarship programme, and working with crew to help them transition into their next role – whatever that role is.”

Quay Crew director, Tim Clarke, added, “What Jenny and her team have been doing to promote inclusion and equality across the yachting sector through She of the Sea is admirable, and now the LEGASEA mentorship programme offers something far more tangible to crew.

“As a crew recruitment agency, we have first-hand experience of the shortage of high calibre candidates, but also the lack of opportunities with longer term prospects. It’s time we all start championing the industry as one where someone can enjoy a worthy and highly rewarding career, both at sea across all onboard departments, and on land.

“We are thrilled to be able to give motivated crew the chance to gain access to this exclusive service at no cost and look forward to watching individuals grow and enjoy successful careers.”

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