Young people are being urged to register their interest in a rare opportunity which is offering them the chance to achieve vital qualifications to come on board the fishing industry.
Anglo-Scottish Seafish Training, based in Amble, is applying for funding to provide the Introduction to Commercial Fishing course.
It is hoped that the training will boost the number of new entrants coming into the industry.
Aimed at those aged 16 to 25, the free, three-week course is based around sea survival, fire-fighting, first aid and seamanship.
Dennis Osborne, of Anglo-Scottish Seafish Training, said: “There are young people out there who want to go to sea and there are skippers out there who want to take them on, but they need the qualifications.
“This course will give people a strong footing to apply for jobs in the industry.
“There is a chance for us to get this funding for this course and I want to grab the opportunity with both hands.
“There is a shortage of young, qualified people coming into the fishing industry because of the costs of getting the qualifications but this course will be provided for free.
“It will provide the chance for people to get their certificates which will help them get employment within the industry.
“It is a way of getting them a job and getting them to sea.”
The course, to be held in Amble, is limited to 15 people and Dennis is keen to gauge interest. While it has to be completed by the end of August, Dennis said it would be run in a flexible way, geared around the demands and availability of the group.
He added: “We did a pilot course with the Duchess’s Community High School and two of the people who did it have gone to sea with their qualifications.”
To register your interest, call Dennis on 01665 713823 or 07702 042551.
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