Skills courses will help secure future of Cornish fishing
new skills in Cornwall's fishing industry took a leap forward
as a new programme of £70,000 of training courses started,
with thanks to investment from the Objective One European
Social Fund (ESF).
The Pyskessa Kernow project this week helped to fund 11 fishermen
to take essential radio courses which will equip them with
new skills as well as to get their licence. This is the first
course on the Pyskessa Kernow training programme which will
train up to 250 fishermen and fish industry workers in Cornwall
by March 2008.
The Pyskessa Kernow project will bring about a sea change
in the training and skills development for the fishing industry
as it focuses on the exact needs of the industry in Cornwall
and the Isles of Scilly and coordinates trainers to meet those
needs. The training funds will be used to help finance courses
which all sectors in the fishing industry need, including:
radio courses, skippers, mates and engineers tickets, forklift
driving, food hygiene, net mending, fish filleting and risk
Paul Trebilcock, chief executive of the CFPO stated: "The
industry in Cornwall has struggled for many years to get the
training it demands with many courses being held outside of
Cornwall and others absent all together. But now CFPO is putting
its money and efforts behind providing courses locally so
that fishermen can get courses on the quayside in England's
biggest fishing port."
Sarah Henshall organises courses and coordinates trainers
and tutors from the CFRC. She stated: "All parts
of the industry are taking advantage of the new funds and
courses. With investment in new machinery on shore and new
fishing gears and electronics off shore it's essential
that we focus on training in new skills as the fish industry
has never been more complex or demanding."
Fish industry specific skills such as net mending and fish
filleting have been identified by the Cornwall Fisheries Resource
Centre's recent training study as 'essential'
and work has focussed in this area. "I am working
with fishermen and net manufacturers to write a syllabus and
design a net mending course. At the same time several fish
processors have signed up to the training programme to get
their most experienced fish filleters trained as instructors
to deliver the Seafish Fish Filleting course in the county."
Seafish, the national training body for the seafood industry
has welcomed the initiative to deliver much-needed skills
courses, flexibly, where they are most needed. "This
is a great initiative and Seafish commend any projects that
facilitate the delivery of training to the seafood sector,"
said Simon Potten, training manager at Seafish.
The Cornwall Fisheries Resource Centre is ideally situated
in Newlyn to set up and arrange courses to suit the catching
sector and has links through SW Pesca and Seafood Cornwall
to fishermen's groups and the processing industry throughout
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. If you have any interest
in the courses or new skills then please get in touch with
CFRC on 01736 364324.
Pyskessa Kernow Project is managed by SW Pesca Ltd and has
received investment from the Objective One European Social
Fund (ESF), Cornwall County Council and the Cornish Fish Producers
For further information contact Clare Leverton of South West
Pesca on 01872 270333 or email email@example.com.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Pyskessa Kernow project
through the European Social Fund (ESF).
Pyskessa Kernow is Cornish language for Cornish Fishing.
The Pyskessa Kernow project includes the coordination of
a programme of subsidised training courses aiming to develop
and raise new skills in the fish industry throughout Cornwall.
The other part of the project is to develop links with schools
and colleges to raise the profile of the fish sector as a
career or employment option. This involves designing new education
materials for schools and encouraging visits and learning
involving members of the fishing industry.
The total cost of the project is around £120,000 including
an estimated £6,500 worth of time and effort from members
of the fish industry, around £46,000 from fish industry
businesses plus contributions from Cornwall County Council
and Cornish Fish Producers Organisation.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of
Scilly is providing investment of approximately £40,000
towards the total project costs. This is from the ESF funds
managed by Government Office for the South West in Plymouth.
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