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.
Students aged from 22 to 60 years, all interested in a fishing career, travelled from Newquay, Penzance, Camborne, Truro and Hayle as well as further afield from Cirencester, to attend the course in Newlyn.
Emma Button, Seafood Cornwall Training’s Coordinator enthused, “This course has fully equipped nine fishermen 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, 25% by Seafish and 75% by the European Fisheries Fund via the Marine Management Organisation.
The three-week course provided students with a comprehensive safety induction and all the certificates they need to work on a fishing vessel, including: net mending; gear construction; boat handling; ropes, knots and splicing; watch keeping; navigation; stability and the mandatory safety courses.