Fishing course helps dad-of-one

Dennis Osborne and Darran Cunningham.
Dennis Osborne and Darran Cunningham.

A new father says his life has been turned around after he achieved a key qualification, thanks to a three-week course in Amble.

Darran Cunningham, from Liverpool, recently completed the Introduction to Commercial Fishing Course in the Friendliest Port.

Securing the certificate has come as a massive boost for the 26-year-old, who is now looking to pursue a career in the industry.

“It feels good to have achieved something and I have always wanted to have a career,” said Darran, whose five-month-old daughter, Lillie-Hope is set to have open-heart surgery in a few months’ time.

“I did this for my family and I really want to work on the big tanker boats and hopefully things will move forward now I have this qualification,” he added.

The free-to-attend course was run by Anglo-Scottish Seafish & Seafood Training Association (ASSTA) and finished earlier this month.

It offers the perfect opportunity for anyone who was thinking of going to sea as a fisherman and gives participants the chance to obtain the mandatory courses required by law.

Dennis Osborne, managing director of ASSTA, said: “Darran stated that he wanted to change his life around and start off new. Fortunately he took advantage of the three-week course.

“Out of the 11 that completed the course, four have already got full-time jobs aboard fishing vessels and we will help Darran find a berth as much as we can.”

The course has been run in Amble a number of times and has proved successful.

Darran thanked Dennis for his help and The Schooner, in Amble, where he stayed.