In-house training opportunities available

In-house training opportunities available for nationally recognised qualifications

Richard Wardell, Seafish Onshore Training Advisor, explains how businesses can take up in-house training for nationally recognised qualifications.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, more people have changed their approach to studying by completing online eLearning programmes. Several UK seafood businesses have also adopted the use of this type of programme in-house, helping learners to gain a better understanding of why they complete part of their job role in a certain way and supporting the business to become more efficient.

Our online Elementary Food Hygiene and online Elementary Health & Safety programmes are fully subsidised and effectively free of charge for people working in the UK seafood industry. Many fishers, processors, wholesalers, fishmongers and fish friers have completed these qualifications, with the successful candidates receiving a nationally recognised qualification awarded by the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS).

These courses are seafood specific. They are studied for using online learning materials in written and video format, allowing the learner to study at a place, pace and time suitable to them, followed by an invigilated multiple-choice exam. The Elementary Food Hygiene programme is available in English, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese and Welsh.

Seafood businesses employing large numbers of staff who require either of these two qualifications can invigilate the online exams themselves. They support their staff as they study and then supervise the online exam. By adopting this in-house approach businesses can oversee the process from the initial candidate registration through to the online exam invigilation.

One seafood business which currently employs a Seafish approved exam invigilator is Associated Seafoods in Buckie, Moray.

A couple of my colleagues had already been invigilating the Seafish/REHIS qualifications when I joined Associated Seafoods in 2021. Following a short one hour coaching session with Seafish, I was then able to take on the responsibility of invigilating the online exams for our staff.
Martyn Beard, Site Trainer, Associated Seafoods
Associated Seafoods staff with their Elementary Food Hygiene certificates
I oversee the online learning completed by our teams and I invigilate the in-person online exams when it’s most convenient for our business. By adopting this approach, it causes minimal disruption to our day-to-day operations. With support from Seafish, I can manage any resit exams too which provides comfort for learners who don’t pass the exam first time.
Martyn Beard, Site Trainer, Associated Seafoods

Since July 2020, almost 200 staff members from Associated Seafoods have successfully completed an in-house online invigilated exam. The majority of these learners have been awarded with the Elementary Food Hygiene qualification.

If you are interested about in-house training opportunities, please email our Onshore Training team: to find out more.