De­light as for­mer Lochaber high pupils land Ma­rine Har­vest jobs

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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Tommy Chisholm and Emily Con­nolly.

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