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Monday July 11, 2022

Inspiring Careers in Seafood

A new training course, funded by our Fisheries Charitable Trust in partnership with The City and Guilds Foundation, aims to showcase career opportunities across the seafood sector in England’s Northeast, recruiting more local people into stable, lucrative, and rewarding careers in Seafood. 

The first course – “Women into Seafood” – ran on 14th to 16th of June 2022. Delivered by the charity CatZero in partnership with the Grimsby Fish Merchants Association, the three-day course provided attendees a mix of hands-on training, site visits, and discussions with local business leaders. Attendees left the course with a Foundation Certificate in Food Safety and Hygiene, and their eyes opened to a range of potential careers covering all elements of business from the processing floor to logistics, accounts, administration, and finance. 

On completing the course, all participants reported increased confidence, motivation, self-determination, perseverance and problem-solving. Feedback from local JobCentre Plus advisors was positive, with one local advisor reporting a “transformation” and “real boost” to the participants’ attitude to work within the sector. 

Pete Tighe, Operational and Partnership Manager for CatZero said: “The programme was a fantastic opportunity for unemployed people from the Grimsby area to learn about the opportunities open to them with the Seafood industry, that are right on their doorstep”. 

Alongside local business leaders and large processors, Emma McKeating, certified Advanced Fishmonger, joined the course to share just how varied and interesting the life of a real @girlyfishmonger can be. 

The Grimsby and Humberside region handles bulk of seafood imported and processed in the UK, employing over 6,00 people, and offering real opportunities for a diverse range of professional careers. 

Speaking about the course, Polly Rowe, from City & Guilds Foundation said: “The City & Guilds Foundation is passionate about supporting people with barriers to develop their skills. We’re delighted to be funding this exciting programme, alongside The Fishmongers’ to get more local individuals in the North East in to secure and sustained employment.”

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