While fish fingers serve as an introduction to the seafood industry for most, the a lot more to this dynamic sector that a man with a beard and fisherman’s cap winking suggestively.
Northern Ireland’s seafood industry in 2015 offers diverse opportunities across a wealth of roles in seafood processing, cookery, academia and restaurant management to name a few.
1. Take the bait
Northern Ireland has a host of thriving companies waiting to invest in the right type of candidates. Kilkeel Seafoods is investing £933,000 into its business and plans to create 33 new jobs with support from InvestNI. Just one example of the rise and rise of the local industry. What a catch!
2. College MasterChefs
Unleash your inner cooking skills! The seafood industry is the perfect opportunity to learn the craft of cooking whilst also mixing and mingling with the stars. Events such as the Big College Seafood Cook-Off let budding chefs cut their teeth alongside seasoned celebrity pros.
3. Fry the flag
Follow in the footsteps of local restaurant Harry’s Shack and you could find yourself heading down the path of award winning success as a top chef. Starting out only two years ago, this beachside restaurant is now a star of Northern Ireland’s food scene. Harry’s Shack’s head chef Andy Proven, owner Donal Doherty and executive chef Derek Creagh recently scooped the FM award for Best Newcomer.
Northern Ireland also provides fantastic skills development and career advice for those in the seafood sector. The Seafood Training Network is an initiative established by Seafish, the Seafood Training Academy, and fish and shellfish apprenticeship providers in Northern Ireland. The aims of the Network are; to signpost training opportunities to the onshore fish and shellfish sector in Northern Ireland and to encourage skills development and career progression. Hop aboard today to find your future career!
5. The apprentfish!
There is a world of opportunity available to budding seafood sector workers! Southern Regional College has been working in partnership with Seafish in recent months to develop Fish and Shellfish Apprenticeships for the seafood industry of Northern Ireland.
6. Frying high
Now more than ever is a perfect time for young people to consider a career in fish frying. Belfast Metropolitan College is ‘hooking’ up with John Dory’s, Frying Squad and Fish City to deliver Belfast’s first Fish Frying Apprenticeship. Supported by Seafish UK, the Apprenticeship scheme will help recognise the skill of local employees, while also adding a qualification framework to the local industry.
7. Making fishtory
Looking for a long and sustainable career? Working in the Northern Ireland seafood industry can also provide you with a long and prosperous job, for inspiration look no further than Ewing’s Fishmongers… one of the oldest in Ireland, 100 years on and still going strong.