Seafood Training Network Northern Ireland

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    Who Are We?

    The Seafood Training Network is an initiative established by Seafish, the Seafood Training Academy, and fish and shellfish apprenticeship providers in Northern Ireland. The aims of the Network are;

    i) To signpost training opportunities to the onshore fish and shellfish sector in Northern Ireland,

    ii) To encourage skills development and career progression,

    iii) To seek funding to support training needs,

    iv) To promote cooperation in the provision of fish and shellfish training across Northern Ireland, and

    v) To provide a voice to fish and shellfish employers in Northern Ireland over training issues.


    Plans and Opportunities

    Network Goals - the 2015 to 2016 goals for the Network in Northern Ireland have been agreed and are available here.

    Coming soon - Profiles on providers, Survey of training needs, Programme of Network events and activities. See the links on the left for more information on courses, events, apprenticeships, etc.

    Network Members

    1. Network Partners

    Network Chairman - position vacant

    Annika Clements - Seafish Northern Ireland

    Lee Cooper - Seafood Training Academy and Seafish Onshore Training

    Alan Hanna - NFFF Executive Council member for Northern Ireland

    Sylvia Moorhead of the Southern Regional College, Newry

    Hal Dawson (Independent)


    2. Employers

    Invitations have been sent to employers to be part of the Network at its launch. Other employers will be invited to be part of the Network over the coming months.

    Rooney Fish, Kilkeel

    FishCity Ltd, Ballynahinch

    Pitstop Fast Food, Kilkeel

    John Dorys Ltd, Lisburn - 2017 winner of the Staff Training and Development Award.

    The Frying Squad, Bangor

    The Dolphin Takeaway, Dungannon


    3. Apprenticeship and Training Providers

    Invitations have been sent to three providers to be part of the Network at its launch. Other providers will be invited to be part of the Network over the coming months.

    Southern Regional College - Seafish recognised apprenticeship provider

    Belfast Metropolitan College - Seafish recognised apprenticeship provider

    Sea Fish Industry Training Association (N.I.) -

    Hal Dawson - Fisheries consultant and independent trainer -

    see Provider Profiles for more information


    4. Facilities Providers

    to be agreed

    If you want to become a member of the Network then please go to this webpage for more information and to download a Membership form.


    5. Industry Representatives

    National Federation of Fishmongers - representative to be agreed

    National Federation of Fish Friers - represented by Alan Hanna, of Pit Stop Fast Food of Kilkeel and NFFF Council Member for Northern Ireland.



    Terms of Reference of the Northern Ireland Seafood Network

    Terms of Reference - available here

    See also

    Network Wales

    Scottish Network

    Network Yorkshire and Lincolnshire