If you’d enjoy spending your working hours out at sea or working with marine life, then the aquaculture industry could be where you find your ideal job. Aquaculture involves the production of fin fish and shellfish and studying this apprenticeship will help you develop specialist knowledge in this field 

Scotland’s aquaculture sector is growing at a steady rate. By 2020, it’s estimated therell be another 10,000 jobs. There’s a need for people with specific skills and the apprenticeship will help you progress. Learn about the latest sea survival techniques and how to manage marine equipment.  

Studying the apprenticeship will help you with a range of jobs. Lead your own team as a farm manager. Help to maintain a ship as a deckhand. You can contribute to the future of one of Scotland’s most important sectors.  

What's the qualification?

You’ll gain a qualification in Aquaculture Management at SCQF level 9. It will include the following:   

  • Core units of an SVQ in Aquaculture Management at SCQF level 9. 
  • Work experience  

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

As part of your work, you’ll learn how to:    

  • Carry out first aid training on a boat 
  • Survive at sea 
  • Check the health of fish  
  • Farm fish successfully  
  • Carry out best food practices   

You’ll also develop the following core skills:   

  • Problem-solving  
  • Working with others 
  • Time management  
  • Communication    

These transferable skills are useful for different jobssuch as working on a ship and farming.  

Where could it take me?

This Technical Apprenticeship provides a range of options. Continue your education by studying for a related degree in aquaculture or start your career.    

Further education: Go on to study for a BA in aquaculture management or farming. The knowledge you’ve gained will support your university application.    

Straight to work: Use your qualifications to get a job in aquaculture, such as the ones below:  

  • Farm manager   
  • Fish husbandry  
  • Deckhand   
  • Shrimp farm technician   
  • Mussel farm technician  
  • Hatchery manager   

Entry requirements

You’ll need to have the following qualifications:  

  • A qualification in Aquaculture at SCQF level 7 
  • At least two years of experience in the aquaculture industry  


This Technical Apprenticeship will take between 12-24 months to complete.  

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