SW fish industry supports skills initiative
PUBLISHED: 11:27 27 October 2010 | UPDATED: 18:05 20 February 2013
The SW fish industry has supported a SW skills initiative by attending a Fish Filleting course, the first to be delivered as part of the Regional Seafood Industry Skills project.
The SW fish industry has supported a SW skills initiative by attending a Fish Filleting course, the first to be delivered as part of the Regional Seafood Industry Skills project. On the 13th October, six fish industry representatives from across the South West spent a day perfecting their knife skills under the expert guidance of Annie Sibert, Seafood Skills Program Leader for Seafood Cornwall Training Ltd.
Thanks to funding from South West Food and Drink, all the individuals and businesses involved benefitted from subsidised training and spent a day learning how to gut, fillet, skin and steak a variety of species of fish, all caught and landed in the South West.
Annie Sibert commented, We were thrilled to have candidates from all aspects of the supply chain represented on the first course; each person gained a huge amount of confidence as they worked their way through the various techniques required to pass the course. By the end of the day, all were all content and competent tackling round and flat fish as well as butterflying mackerel and sardines.
Brand new kitchen facilities and the stunning location provided by Penwith College ensured that the course was presented in a very professional environment, making the learning process much more enjoyable.
Pablo Munoz, Managing Director of Iceberg Ltd, one of regions largest fish exporters and processors sent three employees onto the course and commented, Our employees found the course very informative anda thorough grounding in the skills required forefficient fish filleting. We look forward toattending more courses run by Seafood Cornwall Training in the near future.
Further dates for funded courses in fish filleting, Seafood Quality Assessment and Fishmongery will be scheduled according to demand across Cornwall, Devon and Dorset during the next year. The first Fish Mongery course is confirmed to take place on Friday 5th November, starting with an early visit to Newlyn fish market.
All three training programmes have been developed by Seafish and anyone from the seafood sector involved in the catching, processing, marketing, selling, cooking, serving or distribution of fish can take part.
Sarah Crosbie, Manager of Seafood Cornwall Training, explained, the courses are aimed at anyone working in the seafood industry, from the catcher to the chef. Equipped with new skills and increased confidence, our trainees will be able to add real value to the South Wests catch.
These courses are perfect for fishermen needing to improve their skills in order to market their own catch and also for catering and food service sector employees wishing to develop their fish filleting and knife skills. All successful candidates will be awarded a Seafish certificate of competency.
The Regional Seafood Industry Skills project is part funded by South West Food & Drink (SWFD) and enables Seafood Cornwall Training, based in Newlyn, to provide specialist subsidised training programs in Fish Filleting, Fish Mongery and Seafood Quality, to aid the development of the shore based, seafood sector, across Cornwall and the South West.
For further information about the course dates, cost of courses and further details please contact Sarah Crosbie on 01736 364324 or visit www.seafoodcornwalltraining.co.uk