Apprenticeship Providers

Working with organisations that offer fish and shellfish proficiency qualification and standards based apprenticeships

This Topic Page provides contact details of Seafish recognised apprenticeship providers and (for England only) the new trailblazer apprenticeship training providers.

In Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, apprenticeships in the onshore fish and shellfish industry are based on the fish and shellfish framework qualifications.

In England, since May 2017, apprenticeships for the fish and shellfish sectors have been based on the new trailblazer standards for food operations (processing sector), fishmongering and production cooking (fish frying).

If you cannot find what you want then please email and explain clearly the information you need.


Seafish and the Seafood Training Academy work with Centres approved by FDQ, SQA, Pearson Group, or City and Guilds to deliver fish and shellfish vocational qualifications.

The Centres featured on this webpage have agreed a code of practice with Seafish to deliver vocational qualifications to learners in the fish and shellfish industry. The code of practice contains a commitment by both Seafish and the Centre to provide employers and prospective learners with information, advice and guidance, and to share such information as will help Seafish to ensure that the fish and shellfish industry and individual employers are able to best benefit from the standards that make up these vocational qualifications. If "pending" that apprenticeship training provider in engaged with Seafish but not yet recognised.

Most of these centres are FDQ Ltd approved centres for fish and shellfish industry skills qualifications, although Pearson Group, City and Guilds and Scottish Qualifications Authority also offer fish and shellfish vocational qualifications and apprenticeships.

Trailblazer apprenticeship training providers in England usually work with eaither OAL or FDQ (who are end point assessment organisations).


Apprenticeship Providers


See this dedicated webpage for more information on Trailblazer providers.

Duchy College - SW England

Blackpool and the Fylde College - Northern England

Grimsby Institute - Yorkshire and the Humber Region

Institute for Apprenticeships providers database. Click on the links below for lists of possible providers.

Note: not all of the organisations on the list are active or able to support small/medium sized businesses.

Fishmonger apprenticeship

Level 2 Production Chef (Fish Friers)

Level 3 Senior Production Chef (Fish Friers)

Level 2 Food process operator (Processors)

Level 3 Advanced food process operator (Processors)

PeoplePlus - individual large clients throughout the UK. No support for independent fishmongers.

Pending recognition - Plumpton College

Pending recognition - HIT Training (currently working in association with Seafish)


Wanted - New Providers

Seafish are always interested in working with Colleges and other providers who wish to support seafood industry apprenticeships.

Of particular interest are on programme training providers able to support the Level 2 Fishmongering, Level 2 or 3 Fish Frying or Level 2 or 3 fish processing trailblazer apprenticeships in England.



Northern Ireland

Southern Regional College - Northern Ireland


Cambrian Training - throughout Wales (Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships) For fish processors, fishmongers and fish friers

Coleg Cambria - North Wales, (Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships) - for fish frying sector.

NB: We have a need for an additional S Wales Provider.


Polaris Learning - Scotland


Resources Page

Online Study Guides for the Level 3 Fish and Shellfish Framework

Free Seafood Guides

Seafish publishes a highly informative Guide to Seafood with 63 pages full of detailed information on fish and shellfish and the seafood industry.  Copies of the Guide are available from Seafish at a cost of £5 each or £2.50 each for orders of 50 Guides or more.

Seafish recognised apprenticeship providers and some selected Seafish trainers are eligible for free guides for staff and apprentices (fish and shellfish) and trainees on some courses.  These can be ontained directly from Seafish Onshore Training.  To request free Seafood Guides please contact Denise Day at our Grimsby office and ask for the order form for free guides

We will need to know the name of recipients of the Guide and confirmation of the programme they are on.  In order to ensure that apprentices are given a Guide as part of their signup, each apprenticeship provider can be provided with 25 Guides as an initial 'float' which can be replenished whenever they send back a completed order form for free guides.