SCOTTISH Sea Farms has been awarded the first gold standard within the aquaculture sector in Scotland by Investors in Young People (IIYP).
This nationally recognised Best Practice Standard introduced the gold and silver categories in July 2015 and Scottish Sea Farms is one of only 12 recipients of the gold award in Scotland.
Tracy Bryant-Shaw, head of human resources for Scottish Sea Farms, said: ‘This is great news for our business. It recognises that we are creating real careers within remote areas.
‘Young people in certain parts of Scotland often feel that they have to leave home to seek work and we are playing a part in letting them return to their communities.
‘We look for graduates and school leavers with passion and an ability to learn and Scottish Sea Farms provides the rest.
‘We are proud of developing our young people and excited about what they will contribute to the future of this relatively young industry.’
Peter Russian, chief executive of Investors in People Scotland, said: ‘This is a fantastic achievement for Scottish Sea Farms and I and the whole IIYP team would like to wholeheartedly congratulate them.
‘I am delighted that Scottish Sea Farms has become one of the first dozen organisations in the country, and the first in their sector, to achieve the gold level accreditation.
‘The benefits of recruiting and developing young people are countless. These include the creation of a talent pool for the future, new and increased skills in areas such as IT and social media, fresh eyes and mind-sets into business operations, along with enthusiasm and unique talents.’
Pictured, from left to right: Scottish Sea Farms’ Matthew Jackson (Orkney), Liam Tulloch (Scalloway, Shetland), Hayley Eccles (Couldoran Hatchery) and Keira Hughson (Scalloway, Shetland)