People are the future for aquaculture success

The pathway to a successful career in aquaculture was mapped out at an event designed to inspire the next generation of aquaculture specialists (18 April). Students had the opportunity to hear from real life salmon farmer, Gilpin Bradley, about the qualities sought by today’s employers.

Mr Bradley spoke on behalf of the industry in his role of acting Chair of Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation. He explained how the industry has been driven to employ the brightest students to help meet future challenges head on. He said:

“You are only ever as good as the fish you grow and salmon farming is a highly skilled industry that requires responsible staff who are committed to succeed.

In return, the industry offers a variety of career opportunities – fish health, planning, environmental management, farm management, sales, finance, marketing, marine engineering –and these just scratch the surface. These jobs offer progression to senior level and skills acquired in these roles can open up a passport to jobs all around the globe – something quite unique to our industry”.

Mr Bradley was joined by representatives from Marine Harvest (Scotland), and the Scottish Salmon Company, who also spoke at the event.

Lynn Chalmers, aquaculture student, member of the Aquaculture Students Association said:

“Hearing direct from industry about the scope of jobs and career routes is invaluable for students. This year, we incorporated an exhibition to encourage more face to face discussions, adding to what the presentations bring. Although the event is only in its third year, it’s the biggest and best to date. We were delighted to welcome students from the University of Stirling, and further afield in Aberdeen, Glasgow and even some from south of the border. The event is clearly gathering momentum and we are already looking forward to building on its success next year”.

The event is open to fourth year undergraduates, MSc and PhD students and is organised by the Aquaculture Students Association from the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling.