Skye feed plant re­cruit­ment drive

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

MARINE Harvest has launched a ma­jor re­cruit­ment drive to fill 55 posts at its new fish feed plant on Skye.

The £93 mil­lion plant is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion at Al­tanavaig quarry in Kyleakin. The High­land Coun­cil granted per­mis­sion for the plant ear­lier this year and it is ex­pected to be com­pleted next au­tumn.

The plant will pro­duce fish feed to sup­ply Marine Harvest’s salmon farms across the western High­lands and Is­lands of Scot­land, as well as Ire­land, Nor­way and the Faroe Is­lands. The com­pany plans to ap­point 55 peo­ple lo­cally across a range of dis­ci­plines in­clud­ing pro­duc­tion, lo­gis­tics, main­te­nance and health and safety. Ewan MacColl, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor – pro­cess­ing and feed for Marine Harvest, said: ‘This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to work in a thriv­ing in­dus­try. It’s an ex­cit­ing time to join the com­pany, work­ing on a plant which will be one of the most effi- cient and sus­tain­able feed plants in the world. We are look­ing for a wide range of skills and will pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive train­ing. The aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try is hugely suc­cess­ful and of­fers great op­por­tu­ni­ties for ca­reer de­vel­op­ment and we’re par­tic­u­larly keen to re­cruit lo­cal peo­ple, when­ever pos­si­ble.’

A spokesper­son said: ‘The cho­sen site is more than large enough to ac­com­mo­date this ma­jor de­vel­op­ment which will in­clude the feed plant it­self as well as raw ma­te­rial stor­age si­los, prod­uct stor­age and pack­ag­ing, a load­ing area and car park­ing.’

Posts avail­able in­clude the feed plant man­ager, who will be re­spon­si­ble for the prop­erty, plant, equip­ment and staff, as well as a pro­duc­tion man­ager and pro­duc­tion as­sis­tants and tech­ni­cians. There will also be a lo­gis­tics man­ager, as­sis­tant and tech­ni­cians as well as a main­te­nance man­ager and qual­ity as­sur­ance man­ager.

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