Portsmouth Sail Training Trust announced as Charity Partner


An inspirational charity dedicated to motivating young people to reach their full potential, Portsmouth Sail Training Trust, has been announced as Maritime UK Solent’s Charity Partner for 2023/24.

Dedicated to raising the aspirations of disadvantaged young people through maritime training, Portsmouth Sail Training Trust will be at the heart of the prestigious Maritime UK Solent Awards 2023 event, to be held on Thursday 5 October at the iconic Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

The Portsmouth Sail Training Trust (PSTT) provides maritime training, qualifications, and invaluable mentoring to disadvantaged young people. The exceptional charity aims to support young people impacted by multi-generational unemployment and social deprivation by raising their self-esteem and broadening their horizons.

PSTT’s Founding Trustee, Ed Philips, said: “All of us at Portsmouth Sail Training Trust are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen to be Maritime UK Solent’s Charity Partner 2023/24. It is a real honour for us and a fantastic opportunity to raise our profile during the year ahead.

“PSTT’s mission is to help raise aspirations for disadvantaged young people through maritime training. Every year we work with 120 young people from across Portsmouth, enabling them to gain qualifications and develop skills which will have a positive impact on their lives and future careers. Our hope is that they will become confident and capable individuals who have the potential to work in the diverse maritime sector found right on their doorstep.

“We look forward to making new connections, building partnerships with the community and businesses. Together, we will help young people raise their aspirations through maritime training.”

Maritime UK Solent will work with Portsmouth Sail Training Trust throughout the year to raise awareness of the valuable work undertaken by the charity.

Anne-Marie Mountifield, Chair of Maritime UK Solent, said: “We’re delighted to welcome this motivational organisation on board as the Maritime UK Solent charity partner for the year. We look forward to supporting and raising awareness of their work, helping them to expand their operations which improve and widen opportunities for young people living in our coastal communities.”