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Ocean Youth Trust South – Staff Skipper – Prolific

Prolific

Ocean Youth Trust South is looking for a new Staff Skipper for their beautiful 105-foot sail training vessel Prolific.

Start date – Negotiable but potentially February 2023

Salary – Expected to be in the range £27,000 – £33,000 for a qualified skipper, or £22,000 – £27,000 for a training skipper.

Application deadline – 5pm Sunday 2nd October 2022

This is an exciting opportunity to take command of a superb vessel and play a leading role in changing lives and giving young people – many of them disadvantaged or vulnerable – the skills to succeed in life.

It is very important to the charity to find the right person for this key role, and Ocean Youth Trust South has used two very different routes to fill previous Staff Skipper vacancies.

‘Sometimes we have recruited an experienced and qualified skipper, able to take over following basic familiarisation and handover, while at other times we have taken on someone with immense potential but who was not ready to skipper the vessel and needed a training programme lasting up to a year (and looking to stay long enough in the role to make this worthwhile).

We would welcome applications from people in either category.

Someone able to skipper Prolific from the outset would have the following as a minimum:

  • RYA Cruising Instructor with commercial endorsement
  • Experience in sail training with young people
  • Experience in vessels over 20 metres
  • Experience in vessel maintenance

Someone joining as a trainee skipper might have less experience across all four areas; or you might be very strong in some areas but with little experience in one or two. For example, you might be a hugely experienced small boat skipper – possibly a Yachtmaster Instructor – but with less time in larger vessels and little or no background in sail training with young people, though you would of course have the personality and motivation to master the youthwork side of the role with experience and support. Or you might be an experienced sail trainer with good youthwork skills and some small boat skippering experience, but you might be a first mate without command experience in larger vessels. However, you will be at least a Commercially Endorsed RYA Yachtmaster.

All applicants must have or be able to get an ENG1 medical and Enhanced DBS; and must have the right to live and work in the UK.

Application process
Apply with a CV, and covering letter which must explain why you are interested in this role with Ocean Youth Trust South, by email to [email protected].

Further details: Job advertisement – Ocean Youth Trust South (oytsouth.org)

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