BIM Launches New Deckhand Programme in NFC Greencastle

By Gemma Creagh - Last update

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A new deckhand training programme, designed for entrants to the fishing industry, will begin delivery in the Bord Iascaigh Mhara NFC in Greencastle, Co Donegal in April.

About Deckhand Programme

This programme is the first step for anyone who is interested in pursuing career in the fishing industry; an industry built on skills, resilience and hard work. The work of a deckhand is both highly rewarding and highly demanding. Participants will learn very quickly how to think on their feet; how to work as a member of a team and how to respond to different scenarios that could affect their own safety or that of their fellow crew members or the boat.

The Irish seafood sector, valued at €1.25 billion in 2018, is a key economic driver in rural communities in Ireland. In coastal Donegal, for example, 12 in every 100 adults work in the seafood industry. The sustainability and the future of the industry depends on having a skilled workforce available and this programme is a direct response to the skills shortage that currently exists. The deckhands of today are the skippers of tomorrow.

The next deckhand programme will begin on 14th April and run for 6 weeks. There is no fee, Personal Protective Equipment is provided and applicants may qualify for grant aid. Applications are now being accepted.

Further information is also available on the BIM site.

Gemma Creagh

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