Fishing industry training school looks for Bridlington apprentices

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The Whitby and District Fishing Industry Training School is again offering training places for six apprentices from the Holderness Coast region.

The school has been successful in its first year training fishing apprentices on the east coast, from Bridlington to Withernsea.

Working with the Holderness Coast Fisheries Local Action Group, together with the Marine Management Organisation, the first year of the scheme is coming to a close during December.

Now, there is an opportunity for six new apprentices to complete the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Maritime Studies – Sea Fishing.

Applications are now being accepted, with interviews planned for November and December, with an enrolment date in the New Year.

Successful applicants will travel to Whitby and lodge there for ten weeks, during which time they will complete classroom based training in all aspects of the sea fishing industry.

Apprentices will be accommodated in homely lodgings within the town, provided by the school.

Upon completion, the apprentices will return to their coastal area to complete work based learning on board local east coast fishing boats, supported by a Training Co-ordinator in their area.

The scheme is being run by Whitby and District Fishing Industry Training School, which currently is the only training centre in the UK to deliver this unique apprenticeship.

Anne Hornigold, chief executive said: “The apprenticeship has been running now for nearly 12 years.

“We are thrilled to have received funding support for this pilot scheme via the Holderness Coast FLAG, the MMO and Trinity House and we have stepped-up to the challenge with enthusiasm.

After a successful first year, we are looking for applicants who are determined enough to work in a hard industry.

“During 2013, the skippers on the Holderness Coast have been key to our success with the pilot scheme and Whitby Fishing School is delighted that we have been able to work in partnership with the fleet.”

Ms Hornigold continued: “The outcomes set for the pilot scheme are on target for the first year, and we recognise that this is, in part, due to the wonderful support of the skippers and crew.

The second year of the scheme, to begin in January 2014, will again require the much needed support of the east coast skippers and crew who are willing to take on an apprentice to train.”

The skippers are not required to pay a ‘share’ to the apprentice, who will be funded by an alternative scheme.

Anyone interested in applying for an apprenticeship, or skippers willing to give someone a start - can find further details by contacting the company directly on 01947 825871 or emailing info@whitbyfishingschool.co.uk