The SCOTTISH Maritime Academy has welcomed a major sponsorship deal from Peterhead Port Authority.
The port is donating £10,000 over each of the next three years to the Trainee Deckhand Course, ensuring vital training is available.
Peterhead Port Authority chief executive John Wallace said: “The Board of PPA have been looking for some time now to become purposefully engaged with the training and recruitment of new talent for the fishing and marine industry.
“This support is deemed a fundamental necessity to provide trainees with appropriate Personal protective Equipment of their own as they start out on their careers. We wish them well and are delighted to work in association with the Scottish Maritime Academy”.
Captain Tom Hemingway, Harbour Master & Director of Port Operations, added: “The fishing industry is still our ‘bread and butter’ and this support is a direct strategy to attract and assist new blood into this career path.
“The support also reflects a natural progression of our local sponsorship ethos, operating in harmony with the objectives of the Scottish Maritime Academy.”
Scottish Maritime Academy manager Linda Hope said: “I am delighted that Peterhead Port Authority are sponsoring the Trainee Deckhand Course.
“This important programme provides a supply of new entrants into the fishing and merchant industry.
“The personal protective kit and safety equipment given by PPA will allow the students to progress, into employment or further training, fully equipped.
“The three year sponsorship of the course will allow the academy to continue to recruit learners locally and from all over Scotland. The deckhand programme is one of the most successful college courses in securing employment opportunities and we are delighted to further develop our partnership with the PPA who are a key stakeholder of the SMA.”