Future fishermen the focus of Aberdeen show

PROMOTING career opportunities in fishing will be a key theme of the Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen on May 29 and 30, 2015.
With the show’s sponsor, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), and its partners Aberdeenshire Council, Scottish Maritime Academy and the Sea Fish Industry Authority, the focus will be on be promoting a recently launched initiative to encourage youngsters to consider a career in commercial fishing.
‘Fishing for the Future’ offers school leavers in Aberdeenshire the opportunity to undertake a three- week introductory and safety course in fishing at the Scottish Maritime Academy (SMA) in Peterhead, followed by a two-month work placement aboard a working fishing vessel.
Participants who decide that fishing is their career of choice will then have the opportunity to apply for a two-year Modern Apprenticeship course, leading to a qualified deckhand certification.
On completion of this, those looking for further advancement can join defined career pathway training for navigation officer or marine engineering qualifications.
The scheme is also supported by Skills Development Scotland.
At the expo, a small number of specially invited Aberdeenshire school leavers, who have expressed a desire to participate in this training, will be able to get more information on the scheme at the SFF and Aberdeenshire Council stands, as well as gain an overview of the fishing industry by attending the event.
Derek Cardno, safety and training officer for the SFF, said: ‘The expo will provide an excellent opportunity for these invited school leavers to gain a flavour of the fishing industry and the rewarding career opportunities available.’
Derek McDonald, industry support executive (rural and maritime) for Aberdeenshire Council, said: ‘The council welcomes the opportunity to help the Scottish fishing industry to engage with our young people at the Scottish Skipper Expo and to provide an insight into career options.’
Linda Hope, Scottish Maritime Academy manager, said: ‘The college is committed to supporting fishermen’s training and this exciting initiative will help to attract the next generation of skippers into the industry.
‘This introductory course will provide a flavour of the training required for a fishing career.’
The Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2015 will be held in the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre.