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seafoodAre you struggling to find a career that you feel suits you? A career that is hands-on and rewarding? How about a career in the Irish Fishing Industry? Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, the state agency with responsibility for developing the Irish Sea Fishing and Aquaculture (fish-farming) industries provides an extensive programme of training in the catching, aquaculture and seafood processing areas. So, whether you find the role 4 skipper or engineer on board a commercial fishing vessel an exciting option or being part of Ireland’s growing fish-farming business is of interest to you; BIM has a course that will provide you with the relevant skills and qualifications to make your dream career a reality.

The courses offered by BIM’s National Fisheries College of Ireland, Castletownbere, Co. Cork are all certified training courses including:

Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) Certificate of Competency (Department of Transport)
Those who have chosen a career in fisheries and have a minimum of 2 years sea service can progress to command positions through the acquisition of Deck Officer Certificates of Competency. These highly practical courses teach a range of navigation and safety skills to those whose ambition is to become a skipper or mate of a commercial fishing vessel.

Aquaculture Training Courses
These courses range from a very basic module aimed at giving new entrants a foundation in fish farming methods to higher skilled training mentioned below for those who have some experience of fishing or fish farming and who wish to learn or improve their knowledge of fish and shellfish aquaculture techniques. Practical engineering, boat handling and safety at sea skills are also taught to facilitate employment on fish farms. BIM offers aquaculture courses at QQI level 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Safety Training
BIM also run ongoing safety training courses covering Personal Survival Techniques, Elementary First Aid, Fire Prevention and Safety Awareness. These courses form part of the basic syllabus of all other courses, and are offered independently to those already in the industry. This training is mandatory for all fishing industry personnel.

Courses are held at BIM’s National Fisheries College of Ireland, Greencastle, Co. Donegal, BIM’s National Fisheries College of Ireland, Castletownbere, Co. Cork, on BIM’s two mobile Coastal Training Units and at other coastal locations.

BIM’s Enhanced Safety Training Scheme is a 1-day course designed to provide the skippers and crews of registered fishing vessels with up-to-date training in personal survival techniques, first aid, fire prevention and health and safety in the workplace.

Those successfully completing the course or new entrants successfully completing BIM’s 3-day Basic Safety Training can avail of a special incentive under BIM’s Safety Equipment Scheme. This provides grant aid of up to 60% towards the cost of purchasing Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) fitted with an integrated Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). The 1-day Enhanced Safety Training Scheme is open to the skippers and crew members of all vessels registered on the Fishing Boat Register.

BIM offers equal training opportunities to all and safety, conservation and sustainability issues are addressed throughout. To view the careers profile of BIM’s students, check out www.careersportal.ie