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and related issues.
2015 - Scottish Seafood Training Network launched.
2015 - Seafood Training Network for Northern Ireland launched
2015 - Advanced
Fish Quality Assessment course for Wales
2014 - programme
of courses announced for World Seafood Congress 2015
- Women in work funding
the July eNews
we covered the imminent launch of the Seafood Training Network for
Wales and the
£255,000 fund for training that is available for fish and shellfish
businesses in Wales. Other things of note include:
Seafood Training Network for Wales - main
Fish Quality Assessment Course - November
benefits of Apprenticeships - next employer workshop is 22
July in Ipswich;
Apprenticeship Provider is UKRS
Training Ltd providing fish and shellfish apprenticeships
for central England;
open learning programmes provide a flexible and cost effective
means of training staff in food
safety, health and safety, fish frying skills, customer service
the full text
here. Purple text notes additional content not published in
eNews March 2014 – additional content
space in the Seafish eNewsletter is restricted, additional content
here, in purple. Topics we have expanded upon in the supplement
of Fish and Shellfish Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland
(England) Apprenticeships Expanding
Training Networks for Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and SW
Quality Assessment Course oversubscribed, so we’ll organise a
second one in N Wales;
smoking courses launched by Seafood Training Academy and to be
delivered in Cornwall in late April;
Devon Apprenticeship event report; Duchy College delivering crab
picking training course;
Advanced fish quality and fish smoking courses planned for
have plans to offer its existing five
day advanced fish quality assessment course at several venues
during 2014. Please register your interest in this course by emailing
for seafood training in Wales
Seafood Training Academy is pleased to announce that it has secured
funding for individuals working in the fish and shellfish industry
in Wales for training. Up to £1000 per person will be made available
for approved training. Employers are expected to contribute 30%
(SMEs) or 50% (large companies) towards the cost of training and
related costs. Funding is available for training until November
2014 and we will publish more details very soon on
Generous apprenticeship incentives for Birmingham and Liverpool
England, the age related apprenticeship incentive is worth £1500
per apprentice. In Liverpool and Birmingham this grant is worth
£3000, subject to status and availability.
For more details on this funding please
download this leaflet. More information on apprenticeships can
be found here.
funding for employers is available in Wales, Northern Ireland and
Scotland. Please contact the national Apprenticeship Service for
onshore advanced apprenticeship for Scotland
announced the accreditation of the new level 3 fish and shellfish
industry SVQ earlier in November 2013. By January 2014 it is expected
that this will be available as an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship
for processors, mongers and fish friers. More information for Scottish
employers is available
also plan to offer our new five day advanced fish
and shellfish smoking course in mid 2014, subject to demand.
Please register your interest in this course by emailing email@example.com
College launches apprenticeships in Lancashire
Blackpool College, in collaboration with Seafish and the Seafood
Training Academy launch fish and shellfish apprenticeship support
at the National Federation of Fish Friers Region 6 meeting in Burnley
on Sunday 10th November. The roll out of intermediate and advanced
apprenticeships will start with invitations to participate being
sent out to key fish friers in Lancashire during late November 2013.
These apprenticeships are also suitable for fishmongers and processing
companies. For more information on apprenticeships please go to
information webpage or the page on apprenticeship
friers and added value fish processors will be interested to hear
that the Level 2 fish and shellfish qualification/intermediate apprenticeship
should shortly receive a boost when a number of new units are added
to the framework. The new units in food service and compliance will
be welcomed by small and large employers alike.
- the Level 3 SVQ framework
has been submitted for accreditation and should be available to
Scottish employers in early 2014. The new SVQ will underpin advanced
apprenticeships throughout Scotland.
3 qualifications continue to be popular with small businesses such
as Seafood Ltd
in Burnham on Sea.
friers continue to be enthusiastic adopters of the Level 2 and 3
fish and shellfish industry skills qualifications and apprenticeships.
In many ways they are leading the way for the rest of the fish and
shellfish industry to follow. One such leader is the Elite
Fish and Chip Company of Lincolnshire.
Friers take up apprenticeships with enthusiasm - Mister
C's, Elite Fish and Chip Company
Apprenticeship in fish and shellfish industry skills for England
- approved months ahead of schedule.
Kiln undergoing final filed trails before first smoking training
Management Qualifications for Scotland in fish and shellfish
Following on from the successful launch of management level fish
and shellfish qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
in June, we are pleased to announce that Seafish and Improve Ltd
will be progressing with the development of a Level 3 SVQ in fish
and shellfish industry skills, starting July 2013. The project seeks
to produce an SVQ that is attractive to managers in fish frying,
processing, mongering and seafood manufacturing sectors. This SVQ
may well become a professional qualification, and will certainly
underpin the advanced modern apprenticeship in Scotland. For more
information and to participate in the consultation please visit
the Level 3 SVQ webpage or register your interest with Seafish here.
over new (for Scotland) fish and shellfish units has to be finished
by the 9th August so that we can move on to consultations over structure
and the makeup of the qualification. You can join the consultation
process at any time my contacting Seafish or the project consultant.
All details are on the Level
3 SVQ webpage. [update Feb. 2014 - the
new L3 SVQ was launched in Jan 2014]
AFOS Micro Kiln – Latest Photos
Developed at the request of the Seafood Training Academy, the new
AFOS Micro Kiln is the ideal training tool as it is a portable,
fully fledged small commercial kiln, capable of cold and hot smoking
fish and shellfish to an industry standard. The Academy has ordered
three of these kilns in order to establish smoking training centres
at Academy Partner sites at Colleges in Grimsby and Workington.
The third kiln is available to deliver courses anywhere else in
the UK. A programme of training programmes is expected to be announced
by September 2013. For more information please visit the webpage
on smoking programmes.
kilns will be available to buy from AFOS soon, and we expect there
will be interest amongst small producers / fishmongers and hobbyists
for the 'Micro'. The Seafood Academy will be offering a range of
training courses including a 1 day introductory course and our 5
day advanced practical course.
Kiln is around 2m tall, with a heater for hot smoking, and is supplied
with with mesh trays, banjos and speats, and the flutter valve at
the rear and kiln top fan/exhaust valve allows a high degree of
control to the operator.
3 Fish and Shellfish Vocational Qualifications – outstanding interest
The level of interest in this new qualification for managers continues
to grow. For the latest news on the take up of this qualification,
and access to the latest information, please visit this webpage.
latest employers to sign up for level 2 and 3 fish and shellfish
qualifications includes Mister
C's of Selby, who are the first UK fish frier to register for
the Level 3.
2013 Seafish e-Newsletter
content to the emailed edition of the June Seafish e_Newsletter
is in purple.
June 2013 Newsletter – Onshore Training Update
So far, June has been a very busy month for onshore training activities.
At the beginning of the month the Level
3 proficiency qualification in fish and shellfish was approved,
and just 2 weeks later the first candidate has signed up to complete
their Level 3 Diploma in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills.
David Witts, owns two fishmongers in Pershore and even with 26 years
of experience in the business has decided that he and all of his
staff will complete fish and shellfish qualifications over the next
- David Witts and Tom Cobbold, who along with Liza Davies will all
undertake fish and shellfish industry skills apprenticeships / qualifications.
The Level 3 qualification is ideal for fishmongers as it includes
underpinning knowledge units on fishmonger practice and the fishmonger
industry, in addition to those product knowledge and display units
that are also in the Level 2 programme. Leaflets explaining the
advantages and disadvantages of the Level 2 and Level 3 for fishmongers,
and other job roles, is available on this
webpage. The Diploma provides opportunities to do additional
units compared to the Certificate as it's almost 33% bigger.
• Improve Ltd has started programme to develop a Level 3 SVQ in
fish and shellfish. This management level qualification should be
available in Scotland by early 2014; Improve and Seafish will start
the process by contacting employers large and small, in Scotland
and elsewhere to establish a consultation group that can comment
on the final structure of the Level 3 SVQ. As qualifications in
Scotland are slightly different from those elsewhere in the UK,
the SVQ will be very similar to, but not identical with the Level
3 IPQ already available outside of Scotland. For more information
• Seafish and the Seafood Training Academy draft and publish a range
of employer guides to qualifications and apprenticeships in fish
and shellfish; These leaflets cover all aspects of fish and shellfish
vocational qualifications and apprenticeships. They are available
on this webpage. Other leaflets are in preparation so please
bookmark the page. If you would like Seafish and the Seafood Training
Academy to develop a leaflet or other guidance for you then please
email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Harrods apprenticeship vacancy – applications are now closed as
Harrods has enough candidates to interview, but other employers
are still looking for apprentices, and potential apprentices are
still looking for employers to give them a chance. We recently drafted
an apprenticeship poster for one employer who had spent several
weeks trying to find and apprentice. We are pleased to report that
after just a week in the window of the fishmonger’s shop the recruitment
problem appears to have been solved. Here's a
low resolution example of the poster. We can produce a bespoke
poster for you to print out and place in a window, notice board
or sometimes even in your local job centre. Contact us or your local
apprenticeship provider if you would like to take advantage
of this service or if you want help finding an apprentice.
2013 Seafish e_Newsletter
raised in the May edition of the Seafish e_ Newsletter.
to recruit apprentice fishmonger’
Knightsbridge-based department store Harrods, is to recruit its
first fishmongering apprentice later this year. The apprentice will
undertake an intermediate fish and shellfish apprenticeship delivered
through Duchy College Cornwall and actively supported by Billingsgate
Seafood Training School. Following recruitment and induction, the
apprentice will embark on a challenging and rewarding programme
of training, learning and assessments during 2013/14 which should
culminate in the successful completion of a Level 2 fish and shellfish
industry skills certificate in 2014. Harrods will start the recruitment
process on Friday 17th May and you can expect further announcements
as the apprentice achieves key milestones in their development.
PHOTO – Harrods have an impressive fish counter display.
new fish and shellfish apprenticeship centres recognised by Seafish
on from our work with the Duchy
College Cornwall and Meat
Ipswich Ltd in 2012, to enable them to offer fish and shellfish
apprenticeships and related qualifications, we are pleased to announce
three new Seafish recognised centres for 2013. Blackpool and the
Fylde College and ESTC Ltd
are two FDQ Approved Centres who have agreed to work closely with
Seafish to support apprenticeships in fish and shellfish. ESTC is
based in Nantwich, and both centres are well placed to support employers
in the West of England.
third centre is Cambrian Training Ltd, who as a Pearson Group Approved
Centre will be able to support employers in the fish and shellfish
industry throughout Wales. All three centres are in touch with employers
and are ready for your enquiries.
in the gaps – last pieces in the puzzle
and the Seafood Training Academy are working hard to ensure that
fish and shellfish employers throughout the UK are able to access
a suitable provider of apprenticeships, proficiency qualifications
and fish specific training. By the end of 2013 we hope to have filled
all the gaps and to have up to 10 Apprenticeship Providers recognised
and active in supporting apprenticeships in fish and shellfish for
fishmongers, merchants and others working in our industry.
you are a national supermarket chain, or a mobile fish sales business,
the apprenticeship should be achievable and accessible for you and
The only part of the UK without a suitable fish and shellfish Apprenticeship
Provider is Northern Ireland, and we hope to have filled in this
piece of the jigsaw by this Autumn
and the Seafood Training Academy are publishing a series of Approved
Centre profiles on the Academy website under the heading “Working
With..” To find out more, and to contact a suitable Apprenticeship
Provider, please email email@example.com or look on the Working
Apprenticeship Programme for London and the South East
encouraging response to our request for expressions of interest
means that this programme is likely to go ahead, starting in September
2013. For employers and apprentices to fully participate in this
programme we do advise that apprentices should be recruited well
in advance, and should have completed any company required probationary
period. Any employer or employee interested in the opportunities
presented by an apprenticeship should contact Billingsgate Seafood
Training School as soon as possible for an information pack on apprenticeships.
Employers outside of the South East or London should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
as there will be similar opportunities in other parts of the UK.
Welsh Fishmonger Apprenticeship (at Fabulous
Fish in Chepstow)
some months, Sarah O’Conner of Fabulous Fish in Chepstow, has wanted
to be the very first employer in Wales to offer someone an opportunity
to undertake a fish and shellfish apprenticeship. Now that Cambrian
Training Ltd is approved to deliver the apprenticeship throughout
Wales, it looks like Sarah will very shortly get her wish.
Sarah was last featured on the Seafood Academy website as the fishmonger
who battled through the January snowstorms in Wales to get essential
fish to Grimsby for Seafish’s Advanced Quality Assessment training
course. “Perhaps now we can do something to start to return that
favour by helping Fabulous Fish get the best out of their apprenticeship
opportunity,” said Lee Cooper of Seafish.
- Sarah is equally at home with crabs and customers.
fish and shellfish apprenticeships target managers/senior fishmongers
awarding organisation, FDQ, have confirmed they expect to offer
Level 3 Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills qualifications this
summer; these are currently with the regulator for accreditation.
Newsflash - Level 3 certificate and Diploma available via FDQ from
Friday 24th May 2013. See
here for more details.
These qualifications will be of particular interest to managers/senior
fishmongers in the industry as they provide a management level qualification
with tailored fish and shellfish content. Areas of interest to fishmongers
• Maximising sales
• Managing food retail operations
• Principles of fish
• Principles of the fishmonger industry
• Principles of fishmonger practice
• Principles of
well as units concerned with the management and monitoring of intake,
storage, waste, personnel and a host of other critical functions.
While the Advanced Apprenticeship will not be available until September
or later in 2013, the changes to funding for 24+yr old learners
planned for August 2013 make it critical that employers interested
in this advanced apprenticeship contact Seafish without delay.