Are you someone who thinks that the Seafood Industry is only about boats, fish catches and a life on the ocean wave? Well, think again. The modern Seafood Industry includes a wide range of specialisations and career opportunities to suit every skill set.
The basic requirements are QQI certificates in commercial fishing, aquaculture or seafood processing. BIM Safety Card, and the BIM Passenger Boat Card are extremely popular and offer dual certification. These are accredited by QQI at Level 5 and approved by the Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
The Irish Seafood industry is currently valued at 1.1bn euro and employs 11,000 people, mainly in coastal counties from Donegal to Louth.
Many of those involved in fishing and aquaculture have the entrepreneurial drive to develop and manage their own businesses, be it trawler, fish-farm processing business or retail unit.
Brendan White is a Fish Filleter working for Albatross Seafoods in Donegal. He has done a number of different courses for his job, including a Filleting Course, a Forklift Course and two HACCP Courses, in the last few years. He has just completed a E.C.D.L course, which he found to be very helpful in his job.
What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?
How did you go about getting your current job?
Describe a typical day?
I start at 8.45 a.m sharp. I put on my uniform which entails boots, overalls, hairnet, gloves and apron. I then prepare my area of work - I wash the work top, table, etc., I then sharpen my knife, get the fish into the factory floor, fillet from bin and then put the fillets into a tray. From there the fish are weighed.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
What are the main challenges?
What's not so cool?
What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
What is your education to date?
What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?
What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?
What is your dream job?
What advice would you give to someone considering this job?
What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?
Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?