Fishmonger Apprenticeships

General qualifications for people working in fishmongering and allied businesses will include food safety and health and safety, either as internally developed and awarded qualifications or third-party accredited and recognised qualifications.

Seafish have developed a range of accredited qualifications that can be delivered by Seafish approved trainers. Some Seafish approved trainers are based within individual businesses and train staff for that business, while others are independent trainers able to support all businesses within a region.

In addition to third-party qualifications, Seafish accredits and offers a range of fish and shellfish specific qualifications to match the courses delivered by our partners and approved trainer network. 

Vocational qualifications and apprenticeships represent the gold standard for qualifications for operatives, supervisors and managers in fishmongering. Both level 2 and level 3 qualifications in fish and shellfish industry skills are generally available throughout the UK, along with the associated intermediate and advanced apprenticeships. The fish and shellfish frameworks available in Wales and Northern Ireland are comprehensive and flexible that it is possible for almost anyone in the industry directly involved with fish or shellfish to tailor a vocational qualification or apprenticeship for themselves.

Scotland has access to slightly less comprehensive frameworks, while England has adopted a standards based approach for their level 2 Fishmonger apprenticeship.

Fishmongers in supermarkets and independent businesses have taken up these apprenticeships at all levels within the business, and including new entrants and business owners.

1. Intermediate Apprenticeship - New entrants and junior staff.

NB Only about 2/3 of the following units are needed to complete an apprenticeship so the employer has a great of flexibility in choosing what goes into the apprenticeship for their employee.

  • Process fish/shellfish in a sales environment
  • Understand how to process fish/shellfish in a sales environment
  • Grade fish/shellfish by hand
  • Understand how to grade fish/shellfish by hand
  • Shuck bivalves by hand
  • Understand how to shuck bivalves by hand
  • Pack and ice fish/shellfish
  • Understand how to pack and ice fish/shellfish
  • Monitor product quality in food operations
  • Understand how to use fish/shellfish quality assessment methods
  • Display fish_shellfish in a sales environment
  • Understand how to display fish/shellfish in a sales environment
  • Sharpen cutting tools for use in food operations
  • Understand how to sharpen cutting tools for use in food operations
  • Principles of displaying fish/shellfish in a sales environment
  • Principles of marine finfish product knowledge
  • Principles of shellfish non-marine finfish and marine food products
  • Product Knowledge
  • Sell food products in a retail environment
  • Understand how to sell food products in a retail environment
  • Maximise sales in a food retail environment
  • Understand how to maximise sales of food products in a retail environment
  • Intake fish/shellfish
  • Understand how to intake fish/shellfish
  • Control fish/shellfish defrosting
  • Understand how to control fish/shellfish defrosting
  • Process fish by hand Understand how to process fish by hand
  • Gut and clean fish by hand Understand how to gut and clean fish by hand
  • Extract shellfish meat by hand Understand how to extract shellfish meat by hand

2. Advanced Apprenticeship - More senior staff at supervisor or manager level.

NB Only about 2/3 of the following units are needed to complete an apprenticeship so the employer has a great of flexibility in choosing what goes into their apprenticeship.

  • Principles of marine finfish product knowledge
  • Principles of the fishmonger industry
  • Principles of shellfish, non-marine finfish and marine food products, product knowledge
  • Principles of displaying fish/shellfish in a sales environment
  • Principles of fishmonger practice
  • Principles of fish shellfish quality assessment
  • Monitor fish / shellfish operations
  • Understand how to monitor fish / shellfish operations
  • Manage fish/shellfish operations
  • Understand how to manage fish/shellfish operations
  • Maximise sales in a food retail environment
  • Understand how to maximise sales in a food retail environment
  • Monitor effectiveness of food retail operations
  • Set up and maintain food retail operations
  • Monitor and evaluate customer service in food operations
  • Understand how to monitor and evaluate customer service in food operations
  • Monitor food safety at critical control points in operations
  • Monitor product quality in food operations
  • Understand how to co-ordinate food retail operations

3. Fishmonger Trailblazer Apprenticeship (England)

In England there is available a Level 2 Fishmonger apprenticeship that is different to the Framework-based apprenticeships available in the rest of the UK (see above).  For more information on this click here - https://www.seafish.org/article/trailblazer-apprenticeships-for-england

Contacts

Next Steps - contact Seafish or an Apprenticeship Provider