Successful year for fishing school scheme

The Whitby & District Fishing Industry Training School has been successful in its second year of training fishing apprentices on the east coast, from Bridlington to Withernsea, the Holderness Coast.

Working with the Holderness Coast Fisheries Local Action Group, together with the Marine Management Organisation, the second year of the scheme is coming to a close during December.

The fishing school is again offering training places for six apprentices to complete the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Maritime Studies – Sea Fishing.

Applications are now being accepted.

Interviews are planned for later this month and December with an enrolment date in the New Year.

Successful applicants will lodge in Whitby, which will be provided by the school, for 10 weeks and complete classroom based training in all aspects of the sea fishing industry.

Upon completion they will return to their coastal area to complete work based learning onboard local fishing boats supported by a training co-ordinator.

The scheme is being run by Whitby Fishing School, currently the only training centre in the UK to deliver this unique apprenticeship.

Anne Hornigold, chief executive said: “The apprenticeship has been running now for nearly 13 years.

“We are thrilled to have received funding support for this pilot scheme via the Holderness Coast FLAG, the MMO and Trinity House and have stepped-up to the challenge with enthusiasm.

“After a successful second year, we are looking for applicants determined enough to work in a hard industry”.

“Skippers on the Holderness Coast have been key to our success with the pilot scheme and Whitby Fishing School is delighted to work in partnership with the fleet.

“The outcomes set for the pilot scheme are on target for the first year, and we recognise this is, in part, due to the wonderful support of the skippers and crew.

“The third year of the scheme will again require much needed support of the east coast skippers and crew who are willing to take on an apprentice”.

The skippers are not required to pay a ‘share’ to the apprentice, who will be funded by an alternative scheme.

Anyone interested in applying for an apprenticeship, or is a skipper who is willing to give a lad a start - can find further details by contacting the company directly on 01947 825871.

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