The Franco-Scottish Salmon Company – Fishfarmer Magazine

The Franco-Scottish Salmon Company25 July, 2014 –

A SECOND group of French HNC students has begun a four-week foreign work experience programme with the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) in Argyll.

The students arrived on 14 July, and the SSC will host the three Food Technology students until 8 August. The young men aged 18-21 are visiting from L’Institut D’Anchin in Pecquencourt, near Lille.

Lisa Connell, Training and Development Manager at SSC, said: ‘The Scottish Salmon Company is delighted to welcome the second group of French students after such a successful first month with their colleagues.

‘It has been an exciting and new experience having the students work alongside staff at the marine sites, and our processing plant at Cairndow, and I think everyone involved has got a lot out of it.

‘It’s our goal to ensure the boys get as broad an experience as possible and return to France with a good knowledge of the industry in Scotland and examples of best practice.’

This is the first time SSC has taken part in a work placement exchange with young people from France.

During the placements the students will be provided with teaching sessions from the biology department and environmental team to add to their learning about the day to day life of employment in Scotland’s aquaculture industry.

Didier Pirez is an English and German teacher at L’Institut D’Anchin. He approached the Scottish Salmon Company to request placements for his students after finding out about the company online. He said:

‘Each of the students who have returned already would like to sincerely thank everyone involved in making their trip such a success.

‘They really appreciated being able to experience the two different sides of the business, working on the marine sites as well as the processing plant at Cairndow.

‘Each of the boys has said some of the best things about the trip were spending long hours in the water, learning about fish farming, working with very charming people.

‘It’s also been a great opportunity for them to improve their speaking and understanding of English in the workplace and they are especially grateful for an unforgettable experience.’

Andrew Aitken (Plant Processing Manager),Liza MacKenzie (H&S Officer),Hugh Moir (Supply Chain Co-ordinator),Hubert Cayeux,Maxime Leclercq,Thibault Delannoy,Penny Hawdon (Environmental Project Co-ordinator),Fiona MacKenzie (Technical Assistant),Jonathan Reid (Quality Controller),Angela Gibson (HR Officer),Joe Flannigan (Process Operative).