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New waters for Scottish Maritime Academy

Pictured are Ross Maclean, Jonathan Buchan and Sean Masson on the current Introduction to Commercial Seafishing course

Pictured are Ross Maclean, Jonathan Buchan and Sean Masson on the current Introduction to Commercial Seafishing course

The Scottish Maritime Academy at Peterhead’s Lido is celebrating the achievements of students who have recently completed the Seafish Introduction to Commercial Fishing course.

Regarded as the stepping stone for those who wish to access the new Modern Apprenticeship in Seafishing, the course has received funding support from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

Centre manager, Linda Hope said: “Three students from the latest cohort have secured berths on local fishing vessels which is a very positive outcome. It’s also great news that we are now able to offer the Modern Apprenticeship as well. It offers a new route into fishing - ideally suited to those who prefer practical hands-on learning, providing trainees with valuable experience and a nationally recognised qualification.”

The Introduction to Commercial Fishing course was successfully delivered last year by S4 pupils from Peterhead Academy. It is designed to give individuals a flavour of the training required on the first rung of a fishing career and includes training covering safety, gear and catch handling, net mending, rope work, navigation,boat handling,sea survival, fire fighting,first aid, health and safety and basic fishing vessel stability.

Richard Wardell, fishermen’s training manager at Seafish, said: “The training that the new entrants will receive is above the legal requirement, and puts them in a good position to progress their careers and complete the Modern Apprenticeship in Seafishing.”

The new Modern Apprenticeship programme will typically last between 12 and 18 months, depending upon individual aptitude and commitment.

On completion candidates will be prepared to take on competent deckhand roles, and will be well-placed for career progression to engineer, mate and skipper positions.

The qualification is equivalent to SQF Level 5.

To find out more information about the Modern Apprenticeship in Seafishing contact Linda Hope on 01779 476204 or email lhope@nescol.ac.uk

 

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