Training for the real world

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
7 September 2007, at 1:00am

SCOTLAND - Pupils from four Shetland high schools will get first hand experience in aquaculture and engineering thanks to two new courses at the isles' marine college.

The partnership between the schools and the NAFC Marine Centre, in Scalloway, has been hailed as one of just a few in the UK that offer S3 and S4 pupils the chance to gain valuable insight into working life as part of their education.

The courses, which start today (Friday), are recognised by the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA).

College aquaculture development manager Kenny Gifford said the courses were a combination of field trips and hands-on experience, which were then followed up in the classroom.

"Students have the chance to get out in boats to visit salmon and mussel farm sites as well as visiting fish processing plants and hatcheries," Mr Gifford said. "We aim to give them a real insight into the industry, including enterprise and employment prospects. The students from last year's course went on to various marine based jobs and some are taking further courses at the college."

Teacher Patrick Robertson, of Scalloway junior high school, added: "This is a great opportunity for pupils considering a career in either of these areas to gain appropriate hands-on experience in a vocational setting.

Source: Shetland Marine News