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The apprenticeship is for employees working with fin fish, shellfish and hatcheries. The structure of this apprenticeship is open, so that as an employer you can choose the units that are most appropriate for the job at hand. This Technical Apprenticeship is designed to support employees with existing experience to develop further.

The qualification

SCQF level 9

Your apprentice will study for an Aquaculture Management Technical Apprenticeship at SCQF level 9. 

Entry requirements

Operating at or educated to SCQF level 7 with at least two years (minimum of one production cycle) aquaculture experience.

Progression and development

Following completion of the Technical Apprenticeship in Aquaculture Management at SCQF level 9 learners should have the opportunity to secure positions such as:

  • Site/farm manager: Responsible for all aspects of fish production including stock management, personnel management, staff development and the promotion of health and safety within the workplace.

From the Technical Apprenticeship they may wish to specialise by progressing onto an aquaculture degree course.

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How much will it cost?


We will contribute towards the training costs, paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

Use the contribution tables to work out the funding level for this framework:

Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table (16-24 age group)
Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table (25+ age group)

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach which will meet the needs of your business.


Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employees to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider

Need a little more information or advice?

Call our employer engagement team to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

0800 783 6000
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