The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has welcomed six students from the Netherlands to the Isle of Mull to give them their first hands-on experience of the aquaculture industry.
Aged between 18 and 25 years old, the students who are from GroeneWelle training centre which specialises in providing vocational qualifications, are spending two weeks on SSC’s Ulva Ferry site to put their learning in to practice. Under the guidance of SSC staff, the group has been assisting with daily activities, including fish health checks and net washing, gaining valuable hands-on experience.
The students, as part of their Sport, Fisheries and Aquaculture course, are studying an online programme called Exploring Diversity in Aquaculture (EDA), which has been specifically designed to increase the number of young people entering the sector.
Pamela Ernstberger, Aquaculture Instructional Designer at Pisces Learning Innovations Ltd, said: “This opportunity gives the students a unique, all round experience of what is a fast growing and ever-evolving industry. The staff on site have been fantastic, guiding the students and sharing their knowledge and skills. Three students have already expressed an interest in working with the company, which is a good measure of how successful this programme has been.”
Craig Anderson, Managing Director at The Scottish Salmon Company said: “This is the first time the students have been exposed to an operational environment. We recognise the importance of supporting future talent for the industry and showcasing the diverse opportunities available across the sector.
“We are really glad to have been able to form a link with Groenewelle in order to facilitate their visit and hope, following this experience, the students will return to college with a new zest for the industry.”