Scottish Salmon Company working with Stornoway Job Centre

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The Scottish Salmon Company will provide work experience and mentoring placements for the JobCentre Plus’ Sector-based Work Academy.

Training for the scheme will be delivered over the next few weeks by Lews Castle College and The Scottish Salmon Company will then provide a one-week on-site experience at its Marybank processing facility.

Those taking part will be given a ‘buddy’ at the factory and will be shown how fish processing works and the different roles involved. They will be guaranteed an interview for a position with the company upon completion of the scheme.

Alan Brown, General Manager at the Marybank processing plant, said: “It’s an excellent opportunity for potential employees to see what it’s like to work in the fish processing industry.

“Aquaculture is an important local industry and, as the largest private employer in the area, there are real career opportunities for people.

“We are delighted to be taking part in this scheme.”

Sector-based Work Academies are part of the government’s ‘Get Britain Working’ initiative which encourages jobseekers to take part in training relevant to the type of work that is available in their area. This means that those who take part may access training, do up to two weeks’ work experience with an employer with a guaranteed interview at the end of the programme. The training and work experience is tailored to help jobseekers prepare for an actual job vacancy when it arises, in this case working in the food processing plant at Marybank.