Apprenticeships | Training | Seafish

Training for new entrants to the fishing industry

There are a variety of apprenticeships and training courses available for new entrants to the fishing industry.


Apprenticeships are gold-standard training programmes for new entrants wanting to combine work and study to get their careers off to the best possible start.

An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You're an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave.

The Fisher apprenticeship is delivered in England by South Devon College and a number of employers are currently advertising vacancies for the next intake.

Find out more by following the external links below. 

Training courses

The Whitby & District Fishing Industry Training School offers a Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies (Sea Fishing Pathway). Find out more by following the external link below to their website.

The Scottish Maritime Academy in Peterhead offers a twelve-week Maritime Studies - Trainee Deckhand programme in addition to other Certificate of Competence programmes. Find out more by following the external link below to their website.

Introduction to Commercial Fishing

Seafish’s 15-day Introduction to Commercial Fishing (ICF) course is designed for individuals interested in starting a career in the fishing industry.

The course gives new entrants a basic knowledge and awareness of different activities that are commonplace aboard commercial fishing vessels. It also includes the four one-day mandatory courses Sea Survival, Firefighting, First Aid and Health and Safety which are a legal requirement for any new fishermen entering the industry. The fifth mandatory course, Safety Awareness must be completed when you have been working in the industry for two years.

Anyone interested in this course should contact an Approved Training Provider for further details by following the link below to our Offshore Approved Training Providers webpage.

Further Information

Contact one of our training advisors by emailing or call 0131 380 4505 and select option 1 for the Training team.