All twelve participants recruited onto a Prince’s Trust course have graduated, and at least eight now have jobs.
The free Prince’s Trust “Get into Commercial Sea Fishing” course, delivered by Seafood Cornwall Training, provided the recruits with an introduction to commercial fishing to help them find jobs in the sector.
Ryan Reed who attended the course said, “The programme was a great way to gain the qualifications I need to work at sea. Everyone at The Prince’s Trust and Seafood Cornwall Training were eager to help us find employment and had valuable connections in the industry. I will be starting a trial shift on a crabber in Newlyn next week.”
Over the three week course the unemployed 16-25 year olds, from Falmouth, Redruth, Penzance, Hayle, St Ives, St Austell and Newlyn, all learnt about onboard procedures, navigation and watch keeping, stability & basic engineering. They also received practical tuition in rope work, knots, net mending and fishing gear construction. All participants also had the opportunity to develop interview skills and improve their CV to help them find work.
Patrick Rowhan from The Prince’s Trust explained, “All of the young people that attended the commercial fishing programme have struggled to find work opportunities in the area, many of them have been long term unemployed. What I think is particularly effective about this course is that it enables young people, who are willing to work hard and be reliable, a chance to gain employment no matter what their background is.”.
The course was funded by the European Fisheries Fund, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group and the West Cornwall Youth Trust.
The Chairman of the West Cornwall Youth Trust Nick Fletcher said, “During the end of course presentation event it was great to hear about the benefits that the young people derived from the experience and we are delighted that many of them have subsequently found employment opportunities”.
The course was accredited by Seafish and all recruits achieved the Seafish 3 week introduction to fishing certificate for new entrants to the commercial fishing industry as well as STCW 95 qualifications in Personal Survival Techniques & Elementary First Aid, Seafish certificates in Health & Safety and Fire Fighting and Prevention at Sea, and a nationally recognised food hygiene qualification. These qualifications will equip the recent graduates with all the certificates they need to start work on a fishing vessel.
Simon Potten, Operations Leader at Seafish added, “We developed this 3-week course to attract new entrants to the fishing industry and provide them with a comprehensive safety induction. The graduates are now prepared for work in a challenging, but rewarding industry and I wish them every success.”
Chris Ranford, FLAG Animateur commented, “It is great for the FLAG to fund a course / program that encourages and supports new entrants into the industry. Projects like this will ensure that fishing remains a key part in our coastal communities”.
Prior to the three week course, a taster day was held for young people who had been referred to the course by Job Centre Plus, the Probation Service, Youth Offending Team, Careers South West and other agencies.
Emma Button, Training Coordinator at Seafood Cornwall Training commented: “We were pleased from the start with the interest in the course and it shows real commitment by the lads who attended that they all completed the three week course and graduated. It is awesome that already eight graduates have a real chance of finding jobs. We hope to run another course later this year.”
Paul Trebilcock, Chairman of Seafood Cornwall Training and Chief Executive to the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation added, “It is great that we can offer these courses to young people, both for our communities and for the fishing industry. It is vital to encourage young people to enter into the fishing industry.”
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.
Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.