Seafood Scotland has been awarded £100,000 of funding from the National Transition Training Fund and Skills Development Scotland to support onshore activities of seafood businesses across the country, upskilling and training employees to support company growth.

Delivered by a range of training providers, the ‘Business Improvement Programme’, launched today, will provide bespoke training packages to companies to help support their objectives. Free webinars and funded courses will be available to meet business and team needs and strategic goals.

Companies will have access to over 60 courses covering four key training areas –
1. Upskilling and multiskilling staff – training for employees and teams
2. Career recruitment and retention toolkits for businesses – helping to develop recruitment and retention policies
3. Process automation and business implications
4. Women in Seafood in Scotland

The programme will be delivered to current staff members over the age of 25, using flexible and hybrid methods, such as self-taught online modules and guided virtual sessions. Courses range from fish frying, knife skills and monger training to customer and human resource services, as well as guidance on business planning and strategy.

The National Transition Training Fund was launched in 2020 by Skills Development Scotland following the rise in unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme aims to give individuals the opportunity to gain industry recognised qualifications to support with employment.

Donna Fordyce, Chief Executive at Seafood Scotland said: “It’s important that the businesses in our onshore seafood sector continue to grow and this funding can help them do just that. With the support received from the National Transition Training Fund and Skills Development Scotland, we will help companies plan their training opportunities and the courses available to them in line with their business objectives.

“The window for this funding is open until March and I would strongly encourage any onshore seafood businesses to take this great opportunity to upskill and train staff without the burden of additional costs.”

Gerry McBride, Strategic Relations Manager – Food & Drink at Skills Development Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to see this valuable work given the green light and now being able to see the positive impact it will have to seafood businesses across Scotland.

“Given all the challenges the sector has been forced to face into over the past two years due to the pandemic and other huge obstacles, everyone recognises the need for businesses to be as agile as possible.

“The programme will enable businesses to retrain, upskill and adapt their workforce to meet the ever-changing requirements of the marketplace and the economic landscape. We’re really looking forward to seeing all this excellent work coming to fruition.”

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Notes to Editors

Seafood Scotland
Seafood from Scotland was set up ‘by the industry for the industry’ in 1999 to increase value of return to the Scottish seafood sector.

Operating worldwide, Seafood Scotland works together with Government agencies such as Scottish Development International to promote the wealth of Scottish seafood to a global trade market. Focusing on restaurant and catering deals, the organisation targets trade buyers, wholesalers, industry influencers and chefs in the UK, Europe, the US, the Middle-East and Asia – acting as the conduit between in-country trade markets and Scottish suppliers.

Dealing with all seafood species, Seafood Scotland is a non-political organisation that works throughout the supply chain with fishermen, fish/shellfish farmers, processors, retailers, food service companies, caterers, NGOs and consumers. Seafood Scotland’s strength lies in its hands-on approach, expertise and high credibility within the seafood industry.

Skills Development Scotland
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) are Scotland’s national skills body and contribute to the country’s sustainable economic growth by supporting people and businesses to develop and apply their skills.
SDS work with our partners to provide services that deliver the very best outcomes for Scotland’s people, businesses and the economy.

SDS also delivers Scotland’s career service, with professionally qualified careers advisers supporting people of all ages and across Scotland with careers information, advice and guidance. The advisers provide support in every state secondary school in Scotland as well as in our network of careers centres across the country.

National Transition Training Fund (NTTF)
The National Transition Training Fund helps people prepare for a new career. It was launched in 2020 to tackle the rise in unemployment caused by COVID-19. Funded by Scottish Government and administered by Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Funding Council, the fund offers short sharp training opportunities providing industry-recognised qualifications to help people improve their job prospects. It offers training in areas of labour market growth and is focused primarily on people aged 25 or over who live in Scotland.


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