Training and Development

As a major employer in the salmon industry we are committed to helping our team develop their knowledge and skills.

This is illustrated through our training and development policy, which helps our staff:

  • Improve their skills and knowledge to increase job performance and effectiveness
  • Promote staff flexibility
  • Prepare and equip staff for future promotion or new opportunities



Aquaculture qualifications

National Progression Award (NPA) in Fish Husbandry

As part of our commitment to staff development, we’re proud to be working with Scotland’s Rural College (SRC) to pilot new work based aquaculture qualifications in Fish Husbandry, as part of the National Progression Award.

The qualifications are short bite sized courses, which our staff can complete whilst at work, and once completed, will provide them with nationally recognised qualifications that will increase their knowledge and practical competences in key areas of fish production.

Currently we have seven members of the team from our Freshwater and Marine departments taking part in this trial. They are studying a number of courses including Fish Husbandry, Live Fish Handling and Water Quality.

NPA: Working in partnership with Argyll College

Cambeltown-Grammar2-29.01.14As a keen supporter of the National Progression Award, we’re pleased to work with Argyll College UHI to support nine of Campbeltown Grammar School’s fourth year students who are studying for their NPA level 4 in Aquaculture.

The course is run by the college in partnership with the local school and a willing employer, which, in this instance, is The Scottish Salmon Company. We have enjoyed supporting the students’ further learning, teaching them about fish anatomy, how marine sites are set up, and the different salmon cages available.

Local students visit our sites as part of the National Progression Award

As part of the National Progression Award (NPA) in Fish Husbandry and Welfare, we were delighted to welcome a group of students from Scotland’s Rural College – Barony College – to the marine facilities at our Argyll and Bute site.

The five-day trip formed part of the students’ practical experience for their Aquaculture cages unit.

“We have been hoping to offer the NPA Aquaculture course in Argyll for several years. The course is very practical and demands great commitment from those students who embark upon it. I hope this partnership will continue helping students in Argyll experience first-hand the many and diverse areas and opportunities offered within aquaculture for many years to come.”

Darlene Russell, Curriculum Manager at Argyll College UHI

During their time on our salmon farms, the group of five 17-24 year olds learned all about the rigorous daily processes we follow to ensure our salmon are well cared for.

As part of the visit, we focused on providing the students with the hands-on experience that is an essential part of their course. We are receiving some great feedback from the college lecturer who described the trip as invaluable.

Follow this link for information on the National Progression Award

MAII and MA III Aquaculture

We’re proud that two of The Scottish Salmon Company employees recently celebrated successfully completing the Level II Modern Apprenticeships in Aquaculture – Fin Fish.


Andrew Cunningham (pictured left) and David Simpson who work at our Quarry Point and Tarbert South Marine sites on Loch Fyne, completed their qualifications at Inverness College and the University of Highlands and Islands. Both were also nominated by their Site Manager for the Lantra Landbased and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Award 2014.

On the back of this success, Lewis MacKinnon, who is based at our Glenan Bay Marine site, will start working towards his Level II MA shortly.

A number of our people are also studying for the Level III MA course. Stuart Simon, Kenneth Morrison, Angus MacArthur and John MacLeod all started the Level III MA course in 2013 and are making excellent progress.

These courses allow us to develop our knowledge with recognised industry qualifications in the workplace, developing our understanding of fish farm operations and real skills that can be applied on a daily basis.

We are continuing discussions with Inverness College and Argyll College on how we can develop the structure of the MA courses across all divisions.

Click here for more information on Argyll College

Land-based and Aquaculture learner of the Year Award

We are very proud to be the main sponsor of Lantra’s 12th annual Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year awards.

Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for land-based, aquaculture and environmental industries, has developed the annual awards into one of the premier industry events in the aquaculture and fisheries management sector. It is an event that we are always passionate about supporting as the awards celebrate and acknowledge the work and training that goes into making aquaculture one of the country’s most successful and economically important industries by recognising the achievements of young people and career changers across a wide spectrum of ages and award categories.

Aquaculture Runner-up Stuart Simon with Su Cox of The Scottish Salmon Company

We were delighted that Stuart Simon from Dunoon (pictured left with Su Cox, Sales Director at The Scottish Salmon Company) took the runner up spot in the Aquaculture Learner of the Year Award 2015.  Andrew Cunningham from Lochgilphead was runner up in the Aquaculture Learner of the Year Award 2014.

Click here to find out more information on the Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Award

Work experience opportunities

We offer work experience to students based in Scotland, and further afield, on an ad hoc basis. For example, we are currently working with the French College of Agriculture near Lille to organise summer placements for six food technology students to spend time at our sites learning about the salmon farming process.

We are always happy to consider different work experience opportunities, but have to take into account local and individual requirements.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Lisa Connell, Training and Development Manager on 0131 718 8519.