Swallow Fish of Seahouses, which is owned and operated by
husband and wife team Patrick and Karen Wilkin, decided to go down
the Apprenticeship route to offer someone the opportunity to gain a
qualification whilst learning this unique trade.
The recruitment of an apprentice will provide the opportunity
for the business to reach new markets and expand.
Karen Wilkin said: "We thought an Apprenticeship would be the
ideal opportunity to get someone interested in this craft and learn
all about the business, processes and techniques.
"Our apprentice will gain an abundance of experience in all
aspects of the business from unloading fish, lighting fires,
smoking and curing to fulfilling mail order and retail sales.
"It is a rare opportunity for someone to learn unique skills and
develop a career in a niche market, whilst learning transferable
skills that can be applied to other manufacturing roles."
The successful candidate will be involved in the whole
production cycle and will learn hands-on skills including unloading
freshly caught fish and shellfish, splitting, lighting fires,
smoking, curing and slicing, as well as the business aspects such
as mail order, retail, wholesale and customer service.
On successful completion of the Apprenticeship programme the
candidate will be ready for employment working with fresh fish,
shellfish and running the traditional smokehouses.
Karen continued: "One of our contacts suggested that we
considered an apprentice to fulfil the role so we turned to
Northumberland College. They have been really enthusiastic and are
dedicated to satisfying our training needs."
Linda Weddell, Business Development Officer at Northumberland
College said: "An apprentice in Performing Manufacturing Operations
could be the ideal solution for businesses who wish to increase
their workforce and productivity.
"Northumberland has a host of small food, drink and craft
producers, which could benefit from the skills and knowledge an
apprentice can bring to the role. Businesses with apprentices agree
they make their workforce more productive."
Northumberland College work with other production companies
throughout the region including the Tyne Bank Brewery and
Doddington Dairy offering Apprenticeships and bespoke training to
meet their business needs.
Anyone interested in this role or those wanting to find out more
about business training solutions are asked to contact
Northumberland College's Business Development Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 01670 841 268.
Northumberland College offers apprenticeships in over 40
different subjects and works with over 700 employers across the
region in wide range of industry sectors.
The photograph shows Karen and Patrick Wilkin of Swallow
Fish of Seahouses and Linda Weddell from Northumberland College's
Business Development Team.