Mowi Scotland says it has recognised the need to directly connect processors such as Ross McConnell, pictured, with the company's career opportunities. Photo: Mowi.

Mowi creates apprenticeship for salmon processors

Mowi Scotland has collaborated with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and UHI (University of the Highlands and Islands) West Highland to create a new Modern Apprenticeship (MA) allowing young people to train to become a specialist food processor.

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The MA is full time and apprentices will be based at Mowi’s Blar Mhor processing facility in Fort William. Apprentices will receive the SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework) Level 5 qualification and can expect to earn between £21,840 to £23,920 per year.

Mowi’s learning and development manager, Donald Waring, told the company’s monthly newsletter, The Scoop, that the MA was a significant milestone in the company’s commitment to train and develop young people.

Donald Waring: "We are excited to be launching this new and innovative opportunity." Photo: WiSA.

Customised qualification

“It is the first ever Modern Apprenticeship to be customised for our new state of the art processing facility at Blar Mhor,” said Waring.

“The Mowi Operations team in conjunction with our Health and Safety team have tailor-made an on the job learning programme. After a few months, apprentices will embark on their vocational qualification which has been customised with the help of UHI West Highland for Mowi.

“We recognise the need to directly connect local emerging talent with our career opportunities and we are excited to be launching this new and innovative opportunity for what we hope will be a long and successful career for those that qualify as a specialist food processor.”

Ross McConnell, a member of the processing team at Mowi, told The Scoop: “I started in Mowi in the processing department when I was 18, and have worked here for just over three years.

“I enjoy working here and I have met some good friends. I like my shift pattern which means I have a good work, life balance.”