Safety & Training
Working for a safe and well-trained industry
The Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association is committed to ensuring our fishermen are well trained and operate in the safest conditions possible.
North East Fishermen’s Training Association Limited (NEFTA) is run by fishermen for the benefit of fishermen and fishing communities. NEFTA facilitates multi-disciplinary training for fishermen working on a diverse and modern fleet of vessels. Fishing remains crucially important to our coastal communities and the training and equipping of personnel is essential if the industry is to enjoy future prosperity.
NEFTA runs an SVQ Level 2 (Skill Seekers) course for new entrants and also co-ordinates various mandatory safety training for fishermen including; Basic Sea Survival, Basic Fire Fighting, Basic First Aid and Safety Awareness. Seafish approved certificates are awarded on completion of the courses.
NEFTA member organisations include; The Scottish White Fish Producers Association, Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association and the Fishsalesmen’s Association (Scotland).
Further information on the full range of NEFTA training can be found at www.nefta.info
The Shetland Fisheries Training Association (SFTA) is based within NAFC Marine Centre, Scalloway, Shetland. A wide range of training and education is provided by the Centre, through the Shetland School of Nautical Studies in areas which meet the future needs of the maritime industries including training of fishermen, fish farmers and seafarers of all descriptions, training for Merchant Navy officers and engineers and training in general engineering.
SFTA Training Co-ordinator, Caroline Hepburn is available to offer support and guidance to new entrants and existing fishermen wishing to undertake additional training leading to under 16.5 metre Skipper Tickets as well as MCA Certificate of Competency courses. SFTA also provides coaching towards Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme accreditation and advice on risk assessment issues.
Further information can be found at www.nafc.ac.uk
The Scottish Seafood Training Partnership (SSTP) is a partnership of seven Scottish Group Training Associations and Seafood Scotland formed in 2008. Its stated objective is “to contribute towards the continued safety and wellbeing of the Scottish seafood sector and its dependent communities by delivering access to value for money training and support”.
The Partnership entered into an 18 month contract with Seafish for the delivery of training to the Scottish seafood catching and processing sectors running until March 2010.
The partnership has also commissioned a short study on the best approach and methods to attract new entrants into the Scottish Seafood industry due to report May 2009.