Peterhead Sea Cadet and UKSA Professional Yacht Cadet Jake Strachan (18), has been awarded the prestigious Fisgard Plate in recognition of his achievements in his Sea Cadet Class One Marine Engineering examinations.
Jake was presented with the accolade on November 23 at UKSA, Cowes on the Isle of Wight by Fisgard Association representative Stephen White.
Jake achieved the highest combined marks in his exams while with the Sea Cadets and this achievement is equivalent of gaining the position of artificer – an exceptionally well-trained navy rating and looked upon as one of the most highly trained engineers on board a ship. Jake was also presented with a cheque for £100 to put towards ongoing professional development.
Jake is now studying to be an officer on UKSA's flagship course - the Professional Yacht Cadetship.
The course is a structured four-year programme designed specifically for the superyacht industry and developed in close consultation with the MCA and the wider industry. The course allows students to 'earn while they learn' due to the combination of training at UKSA and paid work placements in the superyacht industry.
Jake said: "It's an honour to receive the award and a great way to top off my cadet career after putting in so much work. When I was told I had received it, I was a bit overwhelmed by it all!" Jake told us more about his plans for the future:
"I'd like to work my way up through the ranks of the superyacht industry and hopefully progress quickly. I am hoping to circumnavigate the Arctic Circle during my training – it a place that has always fascinated me and something I've always wanted to achieve."
Jake is being part-funded through his professional studies at UKSA by the Royal Merchant Navy Education Foundation (RMNEF).
RMNEF CEO Charles Heron-Watson said: "We are delighted to learn that Jake has been awarded the Fisgard Plate to mark his achievements while he was a Sea Cadet. He is clearly a young man who is making the most of the career opportunities open to him. Well done!"