WHITBY’S fishing school is celebrating obtaining funding that will allow it to offer training to youngsters further afield.
The Whitby and District Fishing Industry Training School has been successful in obtaining the funding from the Marine Management Organisation which will allow them to take on applicants from the Holderness and Cumbrian coastal areas.
The scheme, to be run initially as a pilot, is to attract and enrol six youngsters from each area to complete the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Maritime Studies - Sea Fishing.
Anne Hornigold, chief executive of the fishing school, said: “The apprenticeship has been running on a national basis now for nearly 11 years. We are thrilled to have received funding support for this pilot scheme via the MMO and we will step up to the challenge with enthusiasm. Now we are looking for applicants who are determined enough to work in a hard industry.”
The additional range that can now be covered by the fishing school include the Holderness coast, from Bridlington to Withernsea, and the north and west Cumbria coastal areas, covering Whitehaven to Maryport.
The scheme will entail successful applicants in travelling to and lodging in Whitby for an initial 10 weeks, during which time they will complete classroom-based training in all aspects of the sea fishing industry.
Upon completion the applicants will return to their coastal area to complete work-based learning on board fishing vessels, supported by a training coordinator in their area.
The scheme will begin in January 2013 and the fishing school is advertising for a full time training coordinator in both areas, who lives in the area and who will guide the apprentices through their training.
Skippers who are willing to take on board an apprentice are also being asked to get in touch. Skippers will not be required to pay a share to the apprentice as they will instead be funded by an alternative scheme.
The school would also like to hear from anyone who is local to Whitby and can offer accommodation to these new apprentices for the initial 10-week classroom-based training, to be held in Whitby.
Anyone who can help is asked to contact the school for further details by calling (01947) 825871.