New route to aqua­cul­ture ca­reers

Fish Farmer - - News -

GRAD­U­ATES seek­ing a ca­reer in aqua­cul­ture now have a di­rect route into the sec­tor, with the launch of a new col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Scot­tish Aqua­cul­ture In­no­va­tion Cen­tre (SAIC) and the in­dus­try in Scot­land.

Open to stu­dents of all dis­ci­plines, the SAIC grad­u­ate pro­gramme of­fers re­cent and soon-to-be grad­u­ates the op­por­tu­nity of an 18-month paid in­tern­ship within a Scot­tish aqua­cul­ture busi­ness.

There, they can learn about the full value chain from egg to plate, equip them­selves with the com­mer­cial aware­ness that to­day’s em­ploy­ers are look­ing for and make po­ten­tially in­valu­able con­nec­tions within the sec­tor.

Run­ning along­side the in­dus­try place­ments will be a be­spoke de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme to help grad­u­ates cul­ti­vate the skills that can be so crit­i­cal to a suc­cess­ful busi­ness ca­reer: from time man­age­ment, or­gan­i­sa­tional and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, to lead­er­ship and net­work­ing.

SAIC CEO Heather Jones said: ‘This is an­other key ini­tia­tive that has been cre­ated for in­dus­try, in part­ner­ship with in­dus­try, to help en­sure that the Scot­tish aqua­cul­ture sec­tor has ac­cess to the skills it needs in or­der to de­liver its 2030 growth am­bi­tions.

‘It gives em­ploy­ers di­rect ac­cess to the best of the tal­ent pool and, equally, gives grad­u­ates a di­rect route into a ca­reer in aqua­cul­ture.’

The pro­gramme was of­fi­cially launched in June with an in­for­ma­tion work­shop at the Univer­sity of Stir­ling, where at­ten­dees were able to hear pre­sen­ta­tions from par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pa­nies in­clud­ing BioMar, Gael Force, Loch Duart, Ma­rine Har­vest Scot­land and Scot­tish Sea Farms.

Cori Critchlow-Wat­ton, aqua­cul­ture in­no­va­tion man­ager and skills am­bas­sador at SAIC, said: ‘The level of en­thu­si­asm for ca­reers in aqua­cul­ture was tan­gi­ble, both among the par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pa­nies who pre­sented on a di­verse range of roles, and the grad­u­ates and stu­dents at­tend­ing.

‘One at­tendee had flown in es­pe­cially from Madrid, which - tion that ex­ists among to­day’s grad­u­ates.’

Above: New scheme for grad­u­ate in­tern­ships

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.