Local talent fuels feed plant
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.