Shetland students' success celebrated –

Shetland students’ success celebrated Published:  22 December, 2006

Pictured are the award winners (Photo courtesy of Jim Nicolson)

THE sixteenth annual student awards ceremony was held at the NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway, Shetland, this week.

Director Peter Dryburgh congratulated all students who had completed courses this year – a total of 794 enrolments on 131 Courses. The Port Missioner for Lerwick for the RMNDSF, Peter Dade, presented the trophies and awards to the seven prize winners:

· Richard Arthur, Arcturus – The Tammy Laurenson prize for best student on the Fishing Vessel Class 1 Engineering course

· Aaron Leask of SIC Marine Operations – The Castrol prize for outstanding shore based engineering modern apprenticeship

· Sean McCaffrey (Scottish Seafarms Ltd) – The Jim Tait Memorial prize for best student on the SVQ Level 2 Aquaculture course

· Fraser Simpson (SIC Ports and Harbours) – The Forbes Watt prize for Navigation

· Duncan Cumming (Aalskere) – SVQ Level 2 Fish Catching trophy

· Neil Anderson (Venturus) – The Jeanette Williamson prize for Navigation

· Michael Anderson (Antares) – Class 1 Fishing prize, which was last given out in 2002 to Leslie Tait (who introduced this year’s winner).

Neil Anderson, Richard Arthur and Michael Anderson have also been nominated for the National Fish Catching Trainee Award this year in the National Seafood Awards. Michael was the first ever winner of this award as well as the Jeanette Williamson prize for Navigation in 2003.

Duncan Kidson, Head of Engineering, Peter Dryburgh, Director and Leslie Tait, Fisheries Technology Manager introduced the prize winners and commended them for their exceptional pass marks and high standard of project work, support to fellow students, self motivation and responsibility and initiative for maintaining their own training which had allowed them to win these awards.

Duncan Kidson also thanked Train Shetland and all the companies who sponsor Modern Apprentices as they provide essential opportunities for young people to gain experience and training which is vital in maintaining the skills base in Shetland. Echoing the need for training in the fisheries sector, Leslie Tait highlighted the positive moves in the whitefish sector with the arrival of one new whitefish vessel and another on order which has seen an upturn in the number of new entrants to the SVQ fishing courses. This upturn in the number of students participating in SVQ training has also been noted in the Aquaculture sector and Peter Dryburgh acknowledged the essential support this provides to the local industry in moving forward.

After presenting all the prizes, Mr Dade said: “From what we have seen this afternoon, I think it is clear that there is a strong link between NAFC, the community and the local fisheries industries. It is commendable that a structure has been carefully planned so that future workers in the fisheries industries can progress right through all the required levels without leaving Shetland. The excellent retention and pass rates are no doubt due to the lecturers and support staff continually going that extra mile for the students.” is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.