Lo­cal tal­ent fu­els feed plant

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

AROUND 60 per cent of the work­force at Marine Har­vest’s new feed plant on Skye have been re­cruited lo­cally, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

Some 37 out of a to­tal of 53 po­si­tions have now been filled and an­other six staff are due to join the team at Kyleakin be­fore the end of the year.

While em­ploy­ees rep­re­sent seven dif­fer­ent coun­tries, in­clud­ing In­dia and Italy, the ma­jor­ity hail from Skye and across the High­lands, ac­cord­ing to site man­ager Kevin O’Leary, quoted in the com­pany’s news­let­ter,. ‘The feed plant of­fers ex­cel­lent ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties for our em­ploy­ees and has even made it pos­si­ble for some to re­turn to the area to raise their fam­i­lies,’ said O’Leary.

‘The state of the art tech­nol­ogy has also proved a real draw for staff with spe­cial­ist skills and knowl­edge in en­gi­neer­ing, fi­nance, feed and safety man­age­ment from across the globe.

‘There is a real sense of pride and an­tic­i­pa­tion now on Skye as we gear up to open­ing in 2019.’

Con­struc­tion is near­ing com­ple­tion and, once op­er­a­tional, the plant will ship feed di­rectly from Kyleakin by boat to the com­pany’s farms in Scot­land, Ire­land, Nor­way and the Faroes.

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