Archive of News Stories

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This Topic Page contains an Archive of News Stories.


News that is less than 12 months old will usually be kept on the appropriate News Section webpage - see the links to the left. News older than 2012 will be kept on their original old-style Academy pages.

This webpage will be used to archive news from 2012 onwards, after it is 12 months old.

Archived News Topics

New apprenticeship poster - see this example. New entrant training programme at Blackpool and the Fylde College - if you are interested then email the college - details on this page.


Recent Content

Fish Friers Review October 2017 - apprenticeship page - N Wales apprenticeship launch, Trailblazer progress, Fochabars success.

Fish Friers Review September 2015 - apprenticeship page - trailblazer 2nd application, friers survey results, Northern Ireland Apprenticeships launch, Papas take the plunge.

What's Hot Magazine - September 2015 - Apprenticeships at Fochaber's fish and chips - NE Scotland.

2015 - June - Apprenticeship Page - reports from Moores Fish and Chips of Castle Douglas, and Fochaber's experiences of fish frying apprenticeships in Scotland.

2015 - May - Apprenticeship Page - Fish frying apprenticeships London, Olley's Fish Experience latest participant. New assessor joined UKRS Training. More apprenticeship assessors needed - please contact Seafish. Scottish Seafood Training Network is launched.

2015 - March - Apprenticeship page - Trailblazer Apprenticeships. Seafood Training Network for Northern Ireland is launched

2015 - January - Apprenticeship and Training pages - Tavi Frier off to a good start with Tallow Chandlers apprenticeship, Belfast Metropolitan College latest Apprenticeship Provider to be recognised by Seafish. Still searching for more apprenticeship assessors. Richard Wardell is new Training and Accreditation Manager for the NFFF and Helen Brook takes over training role from Karen Clark upon her departure from the NFFF.

2014 - December - the Apprenticeship page (p24) features information about the Seafood Training Networks for Wales and Northern Ireland, plus Women&Work funding. . The magazine also has an interesting article on training (p25) at the Federation. The full magazine is available here.

2014 - October - Apprenticeship page features launch of Tallow Chandlers Apprenticeship for Fish Friers and a Call to Arms - apprenticeship assessors wanted.

Also, Alison Mattravers of the Good Catch explains why Apprenticeships are good for her business.

2014 - September - Apprenticeship poster to print out and put up in your shop, top 10 shortlist for young fish frier of the year, NFFF training page, Shortlist for Independent Takeaway Shop - top 60. And the full magazine is available here.

2014 - July Issue - Full magazine on the NFFF site, Apprenticeship page covers Ipswich apprenticeship event, new Welsh Training Network, the latest apprenticeship provider - UKRS, and trailblazer apprenticeships.

2014 - May Issue - Full magazine on the NFFF site, Apprenticeship page covers the history and future of apprenticeships, and the routes into an apprenticeship in fish frying.

2014 - April issue - Full magazine on the NFFF site, Apprenticeship page covers FryIT 2014 exhibition, Apprenticeship Provider Profiles - Duchy College, Northern Ireland's Southern Regional College and Polaris Learning in Scotland.

2014 - February Issue - Full magazine on the NFFF site , Training and Apprenticeship Page - one man's view, NAS support for regional workshops, changes to the Seafood Academy site.



December 2013 -

Published in December 2013. The FFR issue mentions various apprenticeship providers - contact details are here. An employer incentive fund worth £1500 per new apprentice is discussed. To download the information leaflet on this funding please click here.

2 pages of articles on apprenticeship take up are available here. The full magazine is on the NFFF website - here.

September 2013

Fish 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.

Issue 6 September 2013 - full magazine is here. Apprenticeship page and Poster are also available.

Coming very soon - new customer service and at table/takeaway units for the level 2 fish and shellfish apprenticeship programme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland already has these units.

Archived Content

August 2013

Issue 5 August 2013 -content re apprenticeships and full Review Magazine.

List of proposed new units for Level 2 apprenticeships for fish friers.


July 2013

Issue 4 July 2013 - Full (5mb) Publication or just the apprenticeship and qualifications page

This issue focuses on the new Level 3 fish and Shellfish Industry Skills qualification and asks the question - will friers be as enthusiastic about it as the mongers are? Hint - see next issue for the answer Yes!! We also promised to provide you with links, so here they are:

  • Professional Qualifications for Fish friers - try this leaflet
  • Overview of qualifications for fish friers - this leaflet explains the situation outside of Scotland, while this one is for fish friers in Scotland.
  • Working with - see some of the Centres we are working with to support apprenticeships, VQs and professional qualifications.
  • Withdrawal of funding for 24+ learners - this has already been withdrawn, ahead of schedule. But we are hopeful of accessing other funding so please get in touch ( Under 25 funding remains in place, as does funding for an intermediate apprenticeship at any age.


Issue 3 May 2013 with the main qualification opportunities section here. Details of the management Level qualification in Fish Frying is a key topic in this report.

Frankies success is using Women and Work funding is here and NFFF training courses are here.



Issue 2 April 2013 training school news is on pages 30 - 31

Apprenticeship Workshops for Employers - 2014

Women and Work Funding for 2014

World Seafood Congress 2015


For really old news try these "latest news" links:



2012-onwards Archived Content

August - December 2013

So much has happened regarding professional qualifications, apprenticeships and the new level 3 IPQ and SVQs that we have set up three new news Streams - for Fishmongers, Fish Friers and from Seafish.

July 2013

Work to develop a level 3 SVQ in fish and shellfish begins this month. This new SVQ will be the Scottish equivelent of the L3 FSIS qualification launched in June.

June 2013

Level 3 Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills Qualification launched. First managers sign up for new qualification.

Grimsby signs PPA with Seafish and the Seafood Training Academy.

May 2013

Harrods have found their apprentice.

April 2103

Blackpool and Lakes Colleges agree articles of association to run the North West Seafood Training Centre.

March 2013

Harrods announce their search for a fishmongering apprentice. More info here.

February 2013

Seafish YouTube Channel launched with 100+ videos on all matters fish and shellfish. Latest from Seafish

January 2013

Employer Ownesership of Skills conference fails to live up to expectations. House of Lords public debate on Apprenticeships in Food and Drink exceeds expectations. Advanced Fish Quality Assessment training course is NOT stopped by bad weather, as fishmonger battles snow to deliver fish for course.

December 2012

Seafood Training Academy attends Annual Conference of National Skills Academy for Food and Drink. New SSTA Newsletter out - Winter 2012

November 2012

The Seafood Academy holds its 2nd annual conference and open day in Grimsby. Women and Work funding now secured for over 50 learners in the UK.

October 2012

Seafish completes the development of a Level 3 framework in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills and hands over to Improve to complete the process. Women and Work Funding secured for 20+ learners.

September 2012

For the first time, visitor numbers to the Seafood Academy website exceed 12,000 per month, in fact they surged to almost 16,000 for September

May 2012

A busy month with meetings in Edinburgh, York, Peterbrough and Grimsby. The level 3 and SVQ developments take up much of our time. We're developing and piloting a new training course in Principles of Fishmonger Practice.

Scottish Seafood Training Association Newsletter - Summer 2012 See pages 5 and 6 for training information.

April 2012

Apprenticeships in fish and shellfish are proving very popular with seafood employers - find out more here

New Level 3 framework and Scottish SVQ to be developed - Industry meeting in Edinburgh 9th May 2012. If you would like to attend then email

Intermediate Fish Quality Assessment training course at Campden BRI - booking are being taken now. - find out more here

Bumper year for Seafish onshore training courses - 2,321 qualifications issued between January and December 2011.

March 2012

The end of March 2012 is the date at which Scottish funding for seafood training programmes ends. Will your company have missed out on low cost funding in a wide range of seafish approved training courses?



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February 2012

National Apprenticeship Week - look out for news about fish and shellfish apprenticeships in the SW, NW, NE and SE of England, also Scottish apprenticeships.