Seafishing apprenticeship

The Seafishing apprenticeship pathway is an excellent way into the industry for anybody who wants to work on fishing vessels.

You will be working as a key member of the crew responsible for health and safety; preparing the deck and equipment for the catch; operating fishing gear and other equipment used for shooting and hauling fishing gear; repairing fishing gear; gutting and storing fish.

You might also cook for crew members and will certainly help to ensure the vessel is kept clean, tidy and ‘shipshape’. On some vessels you may be encouraged to develop your interest in engineering through active assistance in undertaking routine maintenance tasks.

Career opportunities – you can continue your career along the deck route by progressing to mate and then on to skipper once you have achieved the relevant statutory qualifications. You might wish to operate your own small boat and become qualified as an inshore skipper, or else pursue the engineering option. If you wish you can move into related maritime industries such as the Merchant Navy, offshore support and harbour tug boat work. These industries recognise the expertise you have gained while working in the fishing sector and may provide you with further opportunities to develop your career. For current vacancies: Contact Seafish (T: 01472 252300)

Location – Once trained it is up to you which port you would like to work from depending on the method of fishing you would like to pursue and the size of vessel or company. It is usual that when you are nearing completion of the qualification your training provider will assist you in obtaining a crew position on a vessel.

Training allowance – As a seafishing apprentice, you will receive a hardship allowance, with all day-to-day costs paid by your training provider. Once qualified, you will become a self-employed share fisherman.


Intermediate (Level 2)

Starting salary:

Fishermen are paid under the self-employed share fishermen’s scheme, and receive a share of the catch which will vary from each trip to the next, depending on the time of year, how much fish has been landed and its value at market

Job roles:

Deck hand, 1st mate, skipper (Inshore), Class two skipper, Class one skipper, Merchant Navy deck officer, Merchant Navy engineering Officer, Merchant Navy rating, Inshore tug deckhand, Royal Navy rating, Fish farmer

Issuing Authority:

Maritime Skills Alliance –