Looking for self-motivated hard working candidates to be part of our future fleet. Apprentice berth on a newbuild 27m trawler based in the South West working alongside experienced local crew. Contribution to College Travel expenses worth up to £700 PA. Company branded clothing / Oil Skins / Gear / Life Jacket with Personal Locator Beacon provided.

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Closing date: 26 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Fishers are engaged on a Self Employed Share Basis with earnings based on a share of the value of the catch. You'll benefit from an additional share of earnings related to the catch reflecting time at sea. This will be reviewed on a performance basis

  • Working week

    40 hours per week. Working at sea and ashore away from home for up to 1 week at a time. Shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    07 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What you will do in your working day

At sea daily tasks

  • Assisting with fishing vessel operations 
  • Maintenance and operation of fishing gear
  • Vessel/machinery general inspection and maintenance
  • Fish handling and processing catches

The training you will be getting

This is a recognised Fisher level 2 apprenticeship. 
College and workplace training will include a wide range of activities and responsibilities including: 

  • Personal Safety 
  • Vessel Safety Inspections / Maintenance 
  • Trawl Design & Net mending / Rope splicing 
  • Catching and Processing  
  • Vessel Management 
  • Sustainable fishing techniques 
  • General engineering and vessel repairs 
  • Basic Navigation  
  • Quota Management  
  • Financial management 

Mandatory qualifications:

Complete basic training approved by any Maritime Administration which is signatory to the Seafarers Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) convention.

1 day Seafish Fishermen’s basic sea survival or STCW Personal Survival Techniques (1 day) (STCW A-VI/1) Level: 2

1 day Seafish Fishermen’s basic firefighting and prevention or 2 day STCW Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention (STCW A-VI/1-2) Level: 2

1 day Seafish Fishermen’s basic first aid or STCW Elementary First Aid (1 day) (STCW A-VI/1-3) Level: 2

1 day Seafish basic health and safety covering: know your vessel, understanding roles and responsibilities, maintaining effectiveness, working safely on a fishing vessel, dealing with emergencies. Level: 2

Certificated 5 day Seafish Navigation and Watchkeeping course Level: 2

Certificated 5 day Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA) Approved Engine Course Diesel Engine course (AEC 1) Level: 2

Certificated 1 day Seafish Stability Awareness for Experienced Fishermen course Level: 2

Certificated 1 day Seafish Advanced Stability Awareness course
Level: 2

Certificated Royal Yacht Association (RYA) GMDSS VHF Short Range Certificate (Radio Operator)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Route to full time employment as a Self Employed Share Fisher. 
Opportunities for further professional career development including Engineering / Watchkeeping. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Initiative, Self-Motivated


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 2 / E) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 2 / E) Essential

Things to consider

Working at sea and ashore away from home for up to 1 week at a time. Work can be physically demanding in a unique working environment aboard modern safe vessels and will need to undergo an ENG1 medical before starting this apprenticeship programme. Work includes weekends and some public holidays. Accommodation and food / drink whilst at sea is included. Direct route to access future employment and further supported professional development. Time at sea is compensated with paid time ashore by way of a 2x trip on 1 trip off system. College dates will be on a one or two week block release, due to the nature of the job and various shifts working away at sea.

About the employer

Plymouth based Interfish are working in partnership with South Devon College who will be launching their new Sea Fisher apprenticeship commencing in September 2023. As a leading vessel owner based in Plymouth and operating across the Southwest we are currently recruiting a number of apprentice roles with placements aboard a modern fleet of commercial fishing vessels.








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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


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Apprenticeship standard


Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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