Landcatch puts training at heart of expansion plans –

Landcatch puts training at heart of expansion plans Published:  06 June, 2013

A LEADING salmon farming business in Argyll has this month confirmed it is putting training at the heart of its ambitious plans for expansion.

Landcatch, which is hoping to boost operations at its Argyll site, as well as in Norway and Chile, has adopted the Skills Development Scotland’s Modern apprenticeship programme to boost the skills of its workforce.

David Danson, the Ormsary company’s head of freshwater production, said: ‘When you have a well-trained, highly skilled workforce, you have to consider who you will replace them with when they retire.

‘We are investing in training on a large scale and Skills Development Scotland’s apprenticeship programme helps us prepare for the future not just of our company, but of the industry as a whole.’

Landcatch is currently supporting four modern apprentices ranging from young members of staff, who are new to the business, to those keen to develop their skills and progress their careers.

Site manager Thomas Lynch, 47, who lives on Ormsary, is about to complete a management MA in aquaculture at Landcatch.

He said: ‘It is a great experience, as it covers a wide range of skills which help me in my day to day job. I came to Landcatch with no fish farming experience and have worked my way up and, as a manager, I understand the importance of having properly trained staff, particularly in a specialist business like ours.’

Landcatch is an accredited Investor In People and is part of the global Hendrix Genetics multi-species food production organisation.