In-company training schemes for filleting and handprocessing are an effective way of developing skills within existing workers, but they must be set up and managed correctly.
Some of the advantages of such schemes include:
There are other advantages, but there are also questions you should ask, such as:
If you have properly considered the advantages and disadvantages and you (and your employees) are prepared to make the commitment to seeing it through, then in company training schemes can bring significant benefits to the business.
Other things to consider
Have you researched what training services are available locally, in your region and nationally?
Have you considered some form of partnership or collaboration arrangement with a local provider? Perhaps bringing in one of their trainers to 'kick-start' your programme.
Have you explored the availability of funding to help with trainer training and with setting up your in company scheme?
Are you aware of the ways in which occupational standards can help to keep your training on track?
Online and other resources that can help
1. Training DVDs - Seafish have a range of training DVDs covering fish filleting and hand processing methods. Clear demonstrations of a range of techniques can dramatically assist with training delivery. The Seafood and Eat It DVD pack is the most comprehensive collection of training demonstrations of it's type on DVD.
Some of the programmes from this DVD pack are available online here.
Seafish also have DVDs (converted from video) showing how workplace coaching can be carried out in the seafood industry.
2.General Guides and Learning Materials - Seafish have a Staff Motivation and Training Guide that can help "business owners who want to inspire and upskill their staff". There is also a Workplace Coaching Guide available from Seafish as a hard copy for £25 or as a download free of charge from the Library.
3. Filleting Training Guides - Seafish have developed training guides for both trainers and trainees in fish filleting. These guides are used as part of approved training programmes. They may, by prior arrangement be made, available to employers who are establishing in company training schemes.
4. Guide to using trainers and training providers. - this excellent. although rather old, guide from Scottish Enterprise is an essential read for any business that wants to get the best out of their relationship with a training provider. Take Your Partners
5. Occupational Standards - concise and precise descriptions of what you should expect your trainees to be able to do. The various fish filleting and hand processing related units can be found on this page.
Other Assistance and Information
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