Hayley Eccles, Freshwater Technician at Scottish Sea Farm’s Couldoran Hatchery in Kishorn was invited to deliver a presentation at the launch of a new industry champion initiative to encourage young people to consider a career in aquaculture.
At the LANTRA Scotland event held at the Royal Highland Show last week (Friday 23 June), Hayley delivered an authentic presentation giving an insight into the world of salmon farming, describing how she is learning new skills and gaining qualifications, helping her to carve out a successful career in salmon farming.
Hayley is from Strathcarron in the Highlands and has recently completed a Modern Apprenticeship (MA) SVQ Level 3 in Aquaculture at Inverness College UHI. Her devotion to animal welfare is one of her key attributes and is vital for someone working in a salmon hatchery. Hayley was Runner-up for Aquaculture in the prestigious LANTRA Learner of the Year Awards 2016.
Also in attendance was Industry Champion, Stuart Simon, Senior Marine Operative at Sgian Dubh, near Dunoon. He was the first Scottish Salmon Company employee to complete his MA level three.
Both Hayley and Stuart will play an important role in supporting LANTRA Scotland’s Industry Champions initiative to promote careers in salmon farming, helping inspire a new generation of salmon farmers for Scotland.
Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation said:
“Hayley delivered a brilliant address, highlighting the importance of combining on-the-job training with formal learning. Salmon farming has long been a supporter of continual personal development. Not only does thisbenefit the individual, it has led to the creation of standardised formal training programmes which helpsprofessionalise the industry and increase its attractiveness to prospective employees.”