Free training for fishermen extended through winter
FUNDING to train fishermen in Newlyn for free has been extended through the winter.
Those in the maritime trade have the opportunity to attend courses at Seafood Cornwall Training (SCT) for another six months, potentially saving over £1,000, according to the organisation.
It has said funding will be available until March 2014 for fishermen to refresh basic sea safety courses and complete Skipper’s Tickets for boats under 16.5 metres long.
However, afterwards no further cash will be available and the team has said fishermen should “take advantage” of the savings on offer.
Emma Button, training coordinator at SCT, said places were limited.
“It’s great news that fishermen can benefit from free courses for another six months.
“However, with the winter being our busiest time delivering course, I urge fishermen to contact me and sign up to courses as soon as possible.”
She added that training usually takes place in Newlyn, but other ports could be used if sufficient interest is lodged.
Paul Trebilcock, chief executive of the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation said the training was important: “Safety training is paramount to the wellbeing of fishermen and they should jump at the chance of free courses before this opportunity expires.”
For more information on courses and to find out about funding qualification, visit: www.seafoodcornwalltraining.co.uk