Fish and chip shop owners are being encouraged to reap the rewards of fish frying apprenticeships as two new training providers are announced in England and North Wales.
HIT Training and Coleg Cambria have now joined the scheme, taking the number of providers to five and extending its reach to cover every part of the UK.
Industry body Seafish says now is the time for business owners to find out how taking on an apprentice can benefit their bottom line as well as new and existing employees.
As well as equipping people with the knowledge and skills to become excellent fish friers, apprenticeships are also available for other roles within a business, such as front of house and management.
One fish and chip business that has already taken advantage of the benefits that apprenticeships can offer is Harbourside in Plymouth, Devon.
Owner Sarah Lock, comments: “We’ve found apprenticeships to be extremely beneficial to our business, producing highly-skilled, motivated individuals looking to carve out a career in the fish and chip industry. In addition to fish friers, we’ve also had apprentices undertake front-of-house and management training.
“Currently, we have two former apprentices working across our shops. We always try and keep them once they finish their training as we know just how strong a skillset they develop.
“We really could not recommend apprenticeships enough when it comes to providing quality food and a top tier customer experience.”
Lee Cooper, Seafish national learning and standards manager, adds: “Those in the fish and chip industry know that behind every perfect serving is a team of dedicated, motivated individuals who have worked hard to develop the skills they need. This makes having a well-trained and knowledgeable workforce vital to a business’s success.
“The benefits of apprenticeships are many. For example, they can develop staff so that they have skills directly relevant to a business's unique operations, helping to boost productivity and the quality of output. They can also help attract talent, as advertising a new job role with an apprenticeship attached can encourage a greater number – and higher quality – of applications.
“With providers now available in every region of the UK, delivering training that is specifically tailored for those in the fish and chip industry, now is the time to see how apprenticeships can help grow your business.”
The five training providers providing Fish Frier Apprenticeships across the UK are:
• Polaris Learning (Scotland)
• Cambrian Training (Wales)
• Coleg Cambria (Wales)
• Southern Regional College (Northern Ireland)
• HIT Training (England)
Click here for more information and details of your nearest provider.