Shet­land train­ers get glow­ing re­port

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

AP­PREN­TICE­SHIP train­ing at the NAFC Marine Cen­tre in Shet­land has been rated ‘very good’ and its staff highly praised in an au­dit by Skills Devel­op­ment Scot­land (SDS).

The au­dit fo­cused in par­tic­u­lar on the Aqua­cul­ture Ap­pren­tice­ship Pro­gramme, and con­cluded that it had fully demon­strated meet­ing SDS’s stan­dards at a high level with ‘ma­jor strengths’.

The pro­gramme has been de­vel­oped to pro­vide prac­ti­cal, on-the­job train­ing and skills devel­op­ment for those work­ing at all lev­els in the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try.

It has been de­signed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with em­ploy­ers to pro­vide a pro­gres­sion route and ca­reer devel­op­ment path, from first en­try to se­nior man­age­ment po­si­tions.

SDS praised NAFC’s ‘en­thu­si­as­tic, ded­i­cated and con­fi­dent’ aqua­cul­ture train­ing staff and es­pe­cially the ‘in­spi­ra­tional lead­er­ship’ of Stuart Fitzsim­mons (sec­tion leader).

He was de­scribed as ‘ex­pe­ri­enced and knowl­edge­able and very open to in­no­va­tions in the devel­op­ment and de­liv­ery of the pro­gramme in order to en­sure that the cour­ses of­fered meet com­mu­nity and em­ployer needs’.

SDS also com­mended NAFC’s ‘very pos­i­tive and pro­duc­tive re­la­tion­ships with em­ploy­ers’, with all em­ploy­ers com­ment­ing on the ‘qual­ity and flex­i­bil­ity’ of the cen­tre’s train­ing and the ex­per­tise of its staff.

This had re­sulted in NAFC’s aqua­cul­ture ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gramme be­com­ing ‘the bench­mark qual­i­fi­ca­tion for lo­cal em­ploy­ers in the in­dus­try’. NAFC’s strong re­la­tion­ship with the ap­pren­tices was also high­lighted.

Above: NAFC’s aqua­cul­ture train­ing team: (L-R) Mathew Wright, Stuart Ftitzsim­mons (sec­tion leader), Saro Sar­a­vanan, Dun­can Kid­son (aca­demic qual­ity man­ager) and Lau­rence Pear­son

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