SSF wins youth in­vest­ment award

Fish Farmer - - News United Kingdom - Above: Pic­tured, from left to right: Scot­tish Sea Farms’ Matthew Jackson (Orkney), Liam Tul­loch (Scal­loway, Shet­land), Hay­ley Ec­cles (Coul­do­ran Hatch­ery) and Keira Hugh­son (Scal­loway, Shet­land) Above:

SCOT­TISH Sea Farms has been awarded the first gold stan­dard within the aqua­cul­ture sec­tor in Scot­land by In­vestors in Young Peo­ple (IIYP). This na­tion­ally recog­nised Best Prac­tice Stan­dard in­tro­duced the gold and sil­ver cat­e­gories in July 2015 and Scot­tish Sea Farms is one of only 12 re­cip­i­ents of the gold award in Scot­land. Tracy Bryant-Shaw, head of hu­man re­sources for Scot­tish Sea Farms, said: ‘This is great news for our busi­ness. It recog­nises that we are cre­at­ing real ca­reers within re­mote ar­eas. ‘We look for grad­u­ates and school leavers with pas­sion and an abil­ity to learn and Scot­tish Sea Farms pro­vides the rest. ‘We are proud of de­vel­op­ing our young peo­ple and ex­cited about what they will con­trib­ute to the fu­ture of this rel­a­tively young in­dus­try.’

Peter Rus­sian, chief ex­ec­u­tive of In­vestors in Peo­ple Scot­land, said: ‘I am de­lighted that Scot­tish Sea Farms has be­come one of the first dozen or­gan­i­sa­tions in the coun­try, and the first in their sec­tor, to achieve the gold level ac­cred­i­ta­tion. ‘The ben­e­fits of re­cruit­ing and de­vel­op­ing young peo­ple are count­less. Th­ese in­clude the cre­ation of a tal­ent pool for the fu­ture, new and in­creased skills in ar­eas such as IT and so­cial me­dia, fresh eyes and mind-sets, along with en­thu­si­asm and unique tal­ents.’ A CAM­PAIGN ti­tled ‘the World is your Oys­ter’ is be­ing launched to high­light ca­reer prospects in the seafood in­dus­try.

Fea­tur­ing seafood work­ers shar­ing their ca­reer sto­ries, it is hoped it will cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion of young peo­ple aged be­tween 16 and 24 cur­rently try­ing to se­cure their first jobs.

Ac­cord­ing to Seafish, the in­dus­try author­ity on seafood be­hind the project, young peo­ple could be at­tracted by the perks and qual­i­fi­ca­tions linked to some ca­reers, such as the po­ten­tial to travel the world pro­mot­ing seafood or learn­ing sur­vival skills while 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.

Seafish also points to the seafood in­dus­try’s com­pet­i­tive wages, the va­ri­ety of roles, ap­pren­tice­ship 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 am­bi­tious young peo­ple, forg­ing suc­cess­ful ca­reers in the in­dus­try have been brought to life on the Seafish web­site.

Emma Mof­fat from Ice­landic Seachill 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. I re­ceive a salary which I think is above av­er­age for my age, and the long hours I work are ap­pre­ci­ated and recog­nised.’

Emma Mof­fat

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