One-day event will brief employers about scope of training

02 October 2012

Seafish is encouraging employers to attend the Seafood Training Academy's conference and open day in November. This day-long event on 7 November is focused on the variety of practical training programmes available from the Academy partners.

The open day, held at The Humber Seafood Institute in Grimsby, is now in its second year and is free to attend.

The event will give attendees the chance to learn from and meet with representatives of the six seafood training organisations that make up the Academy Partnership.

During the day there will be a mixture of training demonstrations from Academy partners along with short presentations from local employers and HM Prison Service on the benefits of training.

The event will illustrate the social benefits of training as well as the benefits to the bottom line. By working in collaboration with organisations like the HM Prison Service and local education outlets, as the Academy currently does, training can bring important, but often unexpected benefits.

Most of the day will focus on six workshops, where delegates can see practical examples of training and be briefed on the latest food service trends in market data and training qualifications

The principles of frying fish and chips will be explained by award-winning fish fryer, Tracy Poskitt, from Fish & Chips at 149, in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, winner of the National Fish & Chip Awards 2011.

The remaining four practical demonstrations are on:

  • Smoking fish using an AFOS mini kiln
  • Fishmongering Skills
  • Filleting and Hand processing skills
  • Fish Quality Assessment

Lee Cooper from Seafish, said: "Most employers now recognise that effective training can bring real benefits to the bottom line. With this, our second Academy Open Day, we are trying to raise the profile of those other important training benefits, the ones that not only benefit society as a whole, but also benefit the society within the business itself."

There will also be information available on the new Level 3 (management) qualifications in fish and shellfish; the chance to talk to Seafood Training Academy Partners; and advice and guidance on training in the seafood industry.

To register, visit: www.seafoodacademy.org or email FinneyD@grimsby.ac.uk with your full contact details.

Others partners of The Seafood Training Academy are Billingsgate Seafood Training School; Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education; National Federation of Fish Friers'  Training School Leeds; North West Seafood Training Centre Blackpool; Seafood Training Centre North East, Amble.