To realise the ambitious. growth targets set by each major fish producing country in northern Europe will require a flexible and mobile work force with the skills and knowledge to implement the new production methods and technologies deployed. by the leading multinational fish producing and supplying companies. This growth in fish production must be achieved efficiently, alongside high standards of fish welfare and the mitigation of environmental impact. This necessitates an upgrading of. workforce skills and qualifications through the deployment of more innovative and accessible work-based learning. systems that can fully motivate and support staff development and the attainment of nationally recognised qualifications that are respected by industry.
Whilst there are some effective VET systems to support youth development, most notably in Norway, mature entrants are not so well served. They currently lack structured in-company mentor support during work-based training activites and practice, including support from mentors during learning and implementation of theory at farms. that may be located far away from the VET schools. At the same time too many staff with strong practical skills face learning and writing diabilities, while other experience challenges related to the young school leavers. In some countries like Iceland, once in employment, formal VET pathways leading to the completion of a National Qualifications (NQs) in fin-fish aquaculture are hard to access or not well supported. Approximately 45 % of the workforce lacks NQ in Norway. Therefore, most of the workforce remains un-qualified and highly dependent on in house training (non-formal VET) provided by the companies themselves.