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 in return for co-operation of the fishermen during the construction of the Walney Extension offshore wind farm.