Fish Frier Apprenticeships

A well-trained, knowledgeable and motivated workforce is vital to business success.

A variety of apprenticeships are available to businesses in the fish and chip industry, equipping people with the knowledge and skills to become excellent fish friers.   

Apprenticeships are not just for new employees, nor are they just for the young. Older employees who have been with the business for some time and even those in a more senior position can undertake an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships for fish friers are now available across the UK. We work with the following apprenticeship providers to support apprenticeships tailored to fish friers, no matter where in the country you are based. Get in touch with your local provider to discuss your requirements today. 

Scotland

Polaris Learning
Gordon Gibb
T: 07739 591228 E: gordon@polaris-learning.com

Offer the following Fish and Shellfish apprenticeships:

  • Modern Apprenticeships (Counter and table staff, fish friers, other roles)
  • Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (Friers with supervisory responsibilities, managers)

Wales

Cambrian Training
Chris Jones
T: 07811 266597 E: chrisjones@cambriantraining.com

Coleg Cambria, Employer Engagement
T:
0300 3030006 E: employers@cambria.ac.uk

They offer the following Fish and Shellfish apprenticeships:

  • Level 2 (Counter and table staff, fish friers, other roles)
  • Level 3 (Friers with supervisory responsibilities, managers)

Northern Ireland

Southern Regional College
Sylvia Moorhead
T: 028 3025 9664 E: moorheads@src.ac.uk

They offer the following Fish and Shellfish apprenticeships:

  • Level 2 (Counter and table staff, fish friers, other roles)
  • Level 3 (Friers with supervisory responsibilities, managers)

England

HIT Training
T:
0800 093 5892 E: info@hittraining.co.uk

They offer the following Production Cooking Apprenticeships:

  • Level 2 Production Chef (Fish Frier)
  • Level 3 Senior Production Chef
  • Other Hospitality apprenticeships

Blackpool and The Fylde College
Kevin Ainscliffe
T: 01253 504384 E: Kevin.ainscliffe@blackpool.ac.uk

They offer the following Production Cooking Apprenticeships:

  • Level 2 Production Chef (Fish Frier)
  • Level 3 Senior Production Chef
  • Other Hospitality apprenticeships

Case Studies 

View the case studies below and visit individual provider websites for further case studies and information.

Apprentices are catch of the day for Plymouth fish and chip shop

                                         


From crispy chips to flaky fish, nothing is more nostalgic than fresh fish and chips by the seaside. Engrained in British culture, there’s now more than 10,000 specialist fish and chip shops in the UK.

But with the rise in eateries comes increased competition, and to be head and shoulders above the rest fish and chip businesses need a well-trained, knowledgeable and motivated workforce with the right skills. Apprenticeships are a great way to achieve this.

Seafish – the public body supporting the £10bn UK seafood industry – recently announced the addition of two new training providers in North Wales and England offering Fish Frier Apprenticeships.

Catering to all regions with five training providers across the UK, the apprenticeships offer individuals of all ages, roles and levels of experience the chance to learn how to deliver the perfect fish and chip experience.

One Devon fish and chip business that has reaped the benefits of having apprentices on site is the Harbourside in Plymouth.

Winner of the National Fish & Chip Awards 2018, the business, which opened its doors more than a decade ago, now boasts both a traditional and a gluten-free chip shop in the seaside city.

Sarah Lock, owner of the Harbourside, said: “We bought the Harbourside around ten years ago, revamping a 35-year-old fish and chip shop and adding a 50-cover restaurant to the first floor.

“We didn’t have a background in the industry at the time - I previously had a career in computer science. What we did have was a love of fish and chips.

“Two years after opening we decided to take on a few apprentices to help with the busy trade. Summer can be an extremely busy time, with us dishing out up to 5,000 portions of fish and chips over three months. Having enthusiastic, motivated individuals who are willing to hit the ground running is extremely important.

“We currently have two members of staff who took on apprenticeships. The training provided them with multitasking and time management skills, as well as health and safety and first aid qualifications. We’ve found that those taking on apprenticeships are serious about carving out a career in the industry, making them real assets to the team.”

Plymouth is known for being one of the UK’s busiest port and the city is set to welcome even more cruise liners in the next year, meaning the area will see a further influx of hungry tourists looking to sample the classic British dish.

Sarah believes that having friers and front-of-house with formal apprenticeship training is the key to dealing with heightened demand and will help the team at the Harbourside expand their horizons.

Sarah said: “As well as our two fish and chip shops in Plymouth, we also have another two shops in Cornwall and Dorset. I’m looking forward to seeing where our business goes next.

“Apprentices have helped us achieve our reputation as the go-to fish and chip shop in the Plymouth area.”

Download the Apprentices are catch of the day for Plymouth fish and chip shop case study

Yorkshire fish and chip chain puts apprenticeships on the menu

For the past fifty years, the Wetherby Whaler has been bringing a taste of the ocean to the heart of Yorkshire.

From its humble beginnings as a Tadcaster fish and chip takeaway, the family-run business has grown to boast six restaurants with takeaways across the region, serving almost 750,000 portions of haddock to its hungry customers every year. 

And with its eyes always set on the future, the company has now decided to invest in its ongoing success by offering apprenticeships to its staff for the very first time. 

Fish Frier Apprenticeships are now available from five training providers across the UK, offering individuals of all ages, roles and levels of experience the chance to learn how to deliver the perfect fish and chip experience. 

Sharell Richardson, Senior Manager of the Wetherby Whaler, said: “Within our restaurants we have a wealth of very driven, ambitious individuals. It’s them who’ve inspired us to bring apprenticeships into the business. 

“We are embarking on an apprenticeship programme soon in partnership with Seafish recognised apprenticeship provider, Blackpool and the Fylde College.”

Sharell explained that, along with supporting the development of the fish frying skills that underpin the Wetherby Whaler’s success, one anticipated major benefit of apprenticeships will be to help broaden the horizons of the staff taking part. The hands-on, structured training will encourage talented team members to consider fish and chips as a serious career option.  

She said: “Not only do we want to invest in our team by giving them industry-recognised training, but we also want to shatter the misconception that a job in fish and chips doesn’t offer career development. This type of training will give them the chance to build a strong foundation to advance in the industry. 

“For staff an apprenticeship provides an avenue to progress in their own careers. For us as a business it means we’ll be able to attract new staff and retain skilled and motivated employees – something that will ultimately help drive the Wetherby Whaler forward.”

The Wetherby Whaler’s news comes as Seafish – the public body supporting the £10bn UK seafood industry – announces the addition of two new training providers in North Wales and England offering apprenticeships for fish friers, meaning every region of the UK is now catered for.

Download the Yorkshire fish and chip chain puts apprenticeships on the menu case study

Contacts

For more information and guidance, please contact Seafish,  email: onshore@seafish.co.uk or tel: 01472 252 300.