Eleven trainees have completed a special fishing course, giving them vital skills to land a job in the industry – and recruits are wanted to attend future training sessions.
The latest Introduction to Commercial Fishing (ICF) course took place in Amble in June.
It was run by town-based Anglo-Scottish Seafish Industry Group Training Association (ASSFIGTA) and funded by European Fisheries Fund and the Marine Management Organisation.
Dennis Osborne, of ASSFIGTA, said that the sessions last month had been a success.
He told the Gazette: “The latest course held at Amble included three students from Cumbria and one from Liverpool.
“Each candidate who completed the course received the necessary certificates and a folder with a breakdown of the three weeks of work.”
The course covered all aspects of fishing including on-board procedures, safety, ropes, knots and splicing and engineering. Other items taught were catch handling and storage, galley duties and food hygiene, boat handling, watch-keeping, navigation and stability and fishing gear, net-mending and gear construction.
The trainees received certificates in sea survival, first aid, fire-fighting, basic health and safety and care of the catch.
It is not the first time the course has yielded successful results. Previous ICF sessions run in Amble have led to trainees netting fishing careers. Dennis said: “A number of attendees over the last ICF courses have secured jobs aboard vessels in Amble, Seahouses and further afield.”
ASSFIGTA has secured funding for another course in the near future. Anyone interested should contact Dennis. Places are limited.
To register your interest, call 01665 713823 or 07702 042551 or email Assta.firstname.lastname@example.org