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Issue:- Sunday Night, 27 December 2015

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Do want a job in the North West England seafood industry?

"THE North West England seafood industry in 2015 has been a career haven, which has offered endless opportunities to ambitious professionals across a wealth of roles in sales, engineering and social media management, to name a few, and is set to continue this into 2016!"  Well that's according to Kendal College who also say:- "If that wasn't enough lucky candidates are now presented with a hot bed of opportunity for international travel, fast career progression, generous salaries and accelerated learning and development. Seafish, the industry authority on seafood, has unveiled a fact filled list which shines the spotlight on the attractive, lucrative and prosperous career benefits which the North West seafood industry has to offer.  Not quite convinced?"   Let these 6 exciting facts explain why you should hop on aboard with this industry...!

► Cod mmunication

Working in the seafood industry isn't all about boats and bass! A variety of PR roles are available for those looking to make their mark in the world of media. The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Society recently advertised a communications officer role with a starting salary of £110,000 to £24,800 per annum. The perfect job for anyone with a flair for all things creative!

► Frying high

Fylde Fish Bar, in Southport, Merseyside was recently shortlisted as 1 of the best chippies in the area. What better place to earn your stripes as a budding fish frier?  Follow in the footsteps of culinary chef Daniel who now works in leading restaurant Rogan and Co after winning Chef of the year with a tasty fish dish!   Click on here to find out more!!!

► Water wonderland

The Fleetwood fishing industry is nowadays quite modest in comparison to its heyday, but fish processing is still an important local industry that relies on supplies arriving by road from ports across the country. In September 2015, there were 7 fishing vessels over 10 metres in length, and 55 under 10 metres, that had Fleetwood registered as their administrative port.

► Cod-struction and design.

Engineering is another sector which is crucial in the seafood world. Specialists are required for a range of tasks and projects… including a recent vacancy in Blackburn which required a principal engineer to help construct a local fish pass. If that wasn't enough, the role featured an eye watering salary of up to £45,000.

► Frying the flag.

Follow in the footsteps of culinary chef Daniel who now works in leading restaurant Rogan and Co after winning Chef of the year with a tasty fish dish!

► Seafood industry casts its net for young workers.

The World is Your Oyster, a campaign designed to showcase career prospects in the seafood industry, has been launched by Seafish. Featuring real people sharing their career stories, it is hoped it will capture the imagination of students and graduates currently trying to secure their 1st step on the career ladder.

According to Seafish, the industry authority on seafood, young people could be attracted in to the industry by highlighting some of the unique perks and qualifications linked to these careers such as the potential to travel the world promoting seafood or learning survival skills whilst working on a fishing vessel.

With an aging workforce, the seafood industry is looking to reinvigorate the talent pool by providing a more holistic picture of all that the sector has to offer young people looking to get in to a rewarding career path. Seafish also highlight the seafood industry's competitive wages, the variety of roles, further learning and training options where people can 'learn as you earn' and quick career progression.

Through engaging case studies and a film, the stories of several vibrant and inspirational young people, forging successful careers in the seafood industry have been brought to life on the Seafish website. Once on the site take a look at the video:- 'The World is Your Oyster' seafood careers film...

Leading ambassadors of the campaign include:-

Emma Moffat, a fish buyer for Icelandic Seachill in Lincolnshire. Natalie Bell, Trade Marketing Manager at Seafood Scotland, responsible for feeding the global appetite for Scottish seafood in Europe, Asia and the Middle East based in Edinburgh; David Parker (28) a Marine Biologist from Young's Seafood in Wales.

Also Holly Smith from the South West of England who is a National Account Manager for Paramount 21 a supplier of frozen fish and vegetables to the restaurants, hotels and pubs. As well as promoting the campaign through schools, career advisors and recruitment consultants, Seafish is also encouraging industry ambassadors to share their own career highlights on Twitter. Simon Pot10, Head of Safety and Training at Seafish, said:- "The seafood industry is a vibrant place to be right now with more choice of diverse and interesting careers than ever before. I believe young people will be drawn by the competitive salaries on offer, the interesting, diverse and challenging range of work to be found, the strong sense of community within the industry and the opportunity to travel. Seafood is a global industry and whether you are leaving school, college or university, I urge you to take a look and see what the seafood industry has to offer. We are calling on members of the seafood industry to back our campaign and get involved on social media. Let's work together to let young people know they will be warmly welcomed into our industry."

Yet another ambassador is Emma Moffat, 28, a Fish Buyer for Grimsby based seafood supplier Icelandic Seachill who employ 1400 staff in the UK, providing chilled fish to the UK retail market. She has highlighted the many benefits of working in the seafood industry, and would encourage others to consider a career in the industry. Emma said:- "In my role I've been lucky enough to travel to Iceland, Holland and Brussels, along with numerous trips to Aberdeen and Peterhead. In the coming year, I'm hoping to spend time in Norway and Canada to gain an increased knowledge of fish sourcing on a more global scale. I receive a salary which I think is above average for someone of my age, and I know that the long hours I work are appreciated and recognised. I feel very fortunate to work for my current company as they have given me access to excellent training opportunities to help further my career."

As well as launching the new campaign, Seafish is working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to develop new Trailblazer Apprenticeships for the seafood industry. Click on here to find out more!!!

Do you think this is a bit fishy or is do job in this sector offer a oceanic opportunities for good employment?  Please let us know by emailing us to:- News24@SouthportReporter.com and let us know what you think!

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