Delight as former Lochaber high pupils land Marine Harvest jobs
TWO LOCHABER youngsters have fought off stiff competition to become Marine Harvest Scotland’s latest apprentices.
Emily Connolly, 18, and Tommy Chisholm, 16, both from Lochaber, went through a rigorous selection process to win apprenticeships with the salmon farming company.
Both former Lochaber High School pupils, Emily is to become an electrical apprentice and Tommy will be a mechanical apprentice.
Emily said: ‘I’m really pleased to have been given the chance to learn new skills with Marine Harvest and look forward to what I’m sure will be a rewarding experience and a great start to my career.’
Tommy said: ‘Marine Harvest is a local company I’ve always been aware of so I’m over the moon I was successful and very excited about the challenge.’
Marine Harvest Scotland is the largest salmon farming company in Scotland with four hatcheries, five freshwater loch sites and 46 sea farms across the West Highlands and Islands.
Tommy and Emily started work on Tuesday July 25 and will have a few weeks’ work experience before beginning college part-time at the end of August. Vicky Ferguson, human resources manager at Marine Harvest Scotland, said: ‘ We’re thrilled to offer Emily and Tommy the opportunity to develop their careers at Marine Harvest.
‘Fish farming jobs used to be seen as unskilled work, primarily for men, but it’s different today.
‘This is a thriving industry which supports a variety of different roles for men and women.’
The company is currently building a new hatchery at Invermoriston and a new fish feed plant at Kyleakin on Skye.
Tommy Chisholm and Emily Connolly.