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New Course Helps to Start Career in Fishing Industry

28 November 2013

WALES, UK - A North Wales college has secured funding to deliver a free course designed to encourage and support people in Wales to pursue a career in the fishing industry.

Two Introduction to Commercial Fishing courses, created by Seafish, the industry authority on seafood, and funded by the Welsh Government and the European Fisheries Fund, will be delivered by Coleg Llandrillo early next year at its Marine Centre in North Wales.

The Seafish course, which is currently free of charge, will prepare students for work as a commercial fisherman by providing a snapshot of what’s involved in the day to day work of a fisherman at sea. As well as equipping students with the essential skills needed to begin work at sea, the three week course will also give them practical training at sea on a 43m vessel.

The course covers key areas including navigation, engineering, boat handling, rope work, catch handling, seamanship and fishing gear construction. Students will also undertake basic safety training in sea survival, fire fighting, first aid and health & safety.

Andy White, Lecturer of Marine at Coleg Llandrillo, said: “The partnership that has been developed between Llandrillo and Seafish means that we can add fishing to the existing range of Leisure and Commercial provision. This is a fantastic opportunity, not just for the college but for young people seeking a career in the fishing industry. I am excited about delivering a relevant, broad-ranging and practical course which will offer good opportunities for progression to participants."

On completion of the course, students will be supported by Seafish and the college to help them find work or progress their learning which could include places on the Maritime Studies Apprenticeship programme.

Dr Holly Whiteley, Seafish Wales project manager, said: “This course is a great opportunity for people considering a career in the fishing industry because it provides a comprehensive induction to working and staying safe at sea.

“We are always looking to encourage more people to think about a career in the seafood industry, whether that be in the fishing, processing or production sectors. That’s why funding these type of courses is extremely important for us.”

The course is free to students and will run twice starting on Monday 13 January and Monday 3 February 2014 respectively, with each course running for three weeks. Previous experience is not essential as the course is aimed at candidates without commercial experience in the industry, but who have a desire to become a commercial fisherman. Applicants should be over 16, physically fit, hardworking, reliable and keen to learn new skills.

For more information or to apply, please contact Andy White (Marine Coordinator, Coleg Llandrillo) by email on before Wednesday 11 December.

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