Seafood Cornwall Training are now taking enquiries for a Three Week Introduction to Fishing Course which will run from 2nd to 20th September 2013 in Newlyn. The course, aimed at those who want to work on a fishing boat or in the wider fishing industry, is the first step on the career ladder for anyone who wants to work hard in a challenging environment.
Last year the ten students that took part ranged from aged 16-45 and travelled from across Cornwall, including Penzance, Helston, Looe, St Blazey, St Ives, and Newquay. Over 60% of attendees entered the fishing sector after the course.
Paul Coster, who attended last year’s course and has now invested in a fishing boat explained, “I can highly recommend the 3 week Introduction to fishing course run by Seafood Training Cornwall. Since completing the course just over a year ago I am about to start self employment as a full time fisherman.”
“The course was conducted by a team of professionals who are directly involved in all aspects of the fishing industry. Not only did the course provide me with the mandatory safety certificates to work at sea, it also provided a deep insight into how the industry works locally at Newlyn. The team at Seafood Cornwall Training provided support and help everyday allowing the students to absorb a lot of information in a stress free environment. I would encourage anyone who may be considering a career within the fishing industry to complete the course. The course has saved me over £500 in course fees, but more importantly has given me many contacts who offer support when the course was completed.”
Emma Button, Seafood Cornwall Training’s Training Coordinator enthused, “This course is designed to fully equip those who want to go fishing. It’s a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to go into the industry and provides a rounded insight into how the industry works as well as leading onto real jobs.”
The course is fully funded as it’s funded 25% by Seafish and 75% by the European Fisheries Fund via the Marine Management Organisation.
The three-week course provides new entrants with a comprehensive safety induction and equips them with all the certificates they need to start work on a fishing vessel. The course consists of two weeks shore-based training in fishing based skills such as net mending and gear construction, boat handling, ropes, knots and splicing, Watchkeeping, navigation and stability. The third and final week will consist of a week of mandatory safety courses.
Candidates will receive a Seafish Three 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, Fire Fighting and Prevention at Sea, Basic Stability, RYA Basic Engineering and a nationally recognised food hygiene qualification. All accredited by Seafish.
To be eligible to attend this fully funded course candidates must be 16 and over and must be able to attend the full three weeks of training from 2nd – 20th September.
To find out more and book onto the course contact Emma at Seafood Cornwall Training on 01736 364324