Fishermen’s Professional Training Northern Ireland (2017)

Awarded funds to support young fishermen to undergo professional vocational training.

Both NIFPO (Northern Ireland Fish Producer Organisation) and ANIFPO (Anglo North Irish Fish Producers Organisation) were awarded funds to part finance young fishermen from the Irish sea ports to undertake vocational professional training to achieve the Class 2 certification (2nd hand full). The training, taught in Greencastle, Republic of Ireland, lasts for 16 weeks. The men have to forgo work to undertake the course of study and receive no wages for the duration of the course. Both NIFPO and ANIFPO were keen to encourage and support the men to gain this qualification to further enhance their careers within the industry, hence this particular award.

This project was financed by Ørsted as an Agreed Donation in return for co-operation of the fishermen during the construction of the Walney Extension offshore wind farm.

” I would like to express my thanks to WOMF ltd for agreeing to help support me in gaining my Class II qualification, which will help progress my career at sea. Their help is a real benefit to me at this time.” Matthew Donnan

” I am very grateful for the help provided by WOMF Ltd to allow me to sit my Class II (2nd Hand Full) Certificate.  It is a great financial strain to undergo a course of study for this length of time, and all help is appreciated.” Rob Donnan

” I would like to extend my thanks to WOMF Ltd for their contribution towards my Class II COC. The support given enables me to further progress my ambition to gain this qualification.”  Jack Coffey

” The generous offer of financial help made by WOMF is very much appreciated and gives me a great opportunity to gain a qualification that will help me enhance my skills as a fisherman” Andrew McConnell

“A big thanks to WOMF ltd for the support they are providing to help me in developing my skills and it is really appreciated.” Stephen McMurray

North Irish Professional Fishermen

” On behalf of the five fishermen from the ports of Portavogie and Kilkeel, we at SFITA (NI) Ltd would like to pass on our gratitude to WOMF Ltd. It has been a pleasure to have been involved in facilitating a Class II Certificate of Competency (2nd Hand Full) for five young men from NI in conjunction with BIM in Greencastle. We are delighted to have been able to fully fund this course with the help of SEAFISH, DAERA and WOMF, and are grateful for the support provided via NIFPO and ANIFPO to enable the men to achieve this qualification. This is a fantastic opportunity for the men to progress their careers at sea. 

Juanita EmersonTraining Manager SFITA (NI) Ltd
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