The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is attending a Careers Fair at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre today (17 February).

At the event, which is aimed at teachers, the SFF in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council and the Scottish Maritime Academy will be promoting the great career opportunities available in fishing. In particular, they will be highlighting their ground-breaking new initiative to encourage youngsters to consider a career in commercial fishing.

The pilot scheme aims to secure the future of Scottish fishing by encouraging a new generation of fishermen or women to go to sea. The scheme is also supported by Skills Development Scotland and the Sea Fish Industry Authority.

Under the initiative, school-leavers in Aberdeenshire will be offered the opportunity to undertake a three week introductory and safety course in fishing at the Scottish Maritime Academy (SMA) in Peterhead followed by a two-month work placement aboard a working fishing vessel. Participants who enjoy the experience and decide that fishing is their career of choice, will then have the opportunity to enrol in a two year Modern Apprenticeship course leading to a qualified deckhand certification. On completion of this, those looking for further advancement can join defined career pathway training for navigation officer or marine engineering qualifications. Such qualifications are transferable and can be used for careers in other marine sectors.

Derek Cardno, SFF Safety & Training Officer said: “This fair provides a great opportunity to show to teachers the varied and rewarding careers available in fishing.”