Register interest for future fishing course

Trainees with their certificates from the Introduction to Commercial Fishing course that was held at Amble Marina .
Trainees with their certificates from the Introduction to Commercial Fishing course that was held at Amble Marina .

People are being urged to register their interest in a fishing course which will provide them with the vital qualifications they need to land a job in the industry.

Anglo-Scottish Seafish Training Association (ASSTA), based in Amble, has already delivered two successful programmes, resulting in a number of trainees netting employment.

Now, trainer Dennis Osborne is calling for would-be participants to put their names forward on a waiting list for future opportunities to take the Introduction to Commercial Fishing course.

The free, three-week programme is based around sea survival, fire-fighting, first aid and seamanship. It has been financed by the Seafish Authority, European Fisheries Fund and the Marine Management Organisation.

Dennis, of ASSTA, said: “We don’t know how long the funding will last so we want to take the opportunity while it is there.

“The course gives people a strong footing to apply for jobs in the industry and I want to build up a nice waiting list so that when we know that we have got enough funding and enough people, we can start straight away.”

Dennis has been buoyed by the previous two courses held in Amble during the summer. “They were both extremely successful and I think one of the important things is that everyone who signed up completed the course; we didn’t have a single drop-out,” he said. “In total, 20 people took the course and all of them achieved their certificates.”

To join the waiting list or for the Skipper’s Course, contact Dennis on 01665 713823/07702 042551 or dennis@osborne44.freeserve.co.uk