Scottish salmon farming is leading the way in staff training, with over 80 of its workers involved in Modern Apprenticeships (MA) throughout the Highlands and islands. The scheme has allowed young people to progress in their aquaculture career, developing the expertise necessary for the industry to thrive and offering a rewarding future for people in parts of Scotland where fulfilling employment can be difficult to find. The apprenticeship programme also offers existing employees a way to gain additional qualifications and move up the professional ladder.
David Sandison, company secretary for the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisations said:
“Careers in salmon farming have evolved in recent years as the industry adapts to the sophisticated technological innovations in which it invests. There are many more learning opportunities and professional careers for employees than ever before, helping to make salmon farming a very attractive industry to work in”.
This year, Jack Fraser of Marine Harvest was voted Aquaculture Learner of the Year and Modern Apprenticeship of the Year at LANTRA’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards and Sam Spence of Cooke Aquaculture Scotland won NAFC’s “Most outstanding SVQ Aquaculture Level 3 Student Award”. Other apprentices whose achievements have been recognised include the Scottish Salmon Company’s Lisa Askham and Stuart Simon and Scottish Sea Farms‘ Hayley Eccles.
The industry is proud of its workers and of their achievements, which underline the aim to secure and develop an economically and socially sustainable future for salmon farming in Scotland.