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.
It's designed to support employees with little or no experience build the skills they need to succeed, or help those who already have experience to develop further.
Your employee will study for Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 or 7. Their qualification will include:
Aquaculture: Fin Fish at SCQF Level 5
Aquaculture: Shellfish at SCQF Level 5
Aquaculture: Fin Fish at SCQF Level 7
Aquaculture: Shellfish at SCQF Level 7
There are no formal entry requirements for either level, but apprentices should be competent to achieve the qualification, enjoy working with machinery and have a positive attitude.
Progression and development
After completing Level 5, employees could progress onto the Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 7.
Both levels could lead to jobs such as:
farm assistant or farm worker
fish husbandry person
How does it work?
Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.
Cost and funding
We contribute towards training costs
We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.
The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.
An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 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 to meet your business needs.
Who pays the apprentice?
Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.
How long will it take?
It'll take between 12 and 24 months to complete.