Richard Stephen, engineering manager at Thistle Seafoods Photo: Scottish Seafood AssociationRichard Stephen, engineering manager at Thistle Seafoods Photo: Scottish Seafood Association

Scotland’s £1.6bn seafood industry has launched a campaign to help find the right candidates to fill numerous vacancies within the processing sector.

Seafish and the Scottish Seafood Association are joining forces to launch ‘Sea a Bright Future’ across print media, digital and radio to showcase the sector.

Jimmy Buchan, chief executive of the Scottish Seafood Association, said there were huge opportunities for those with the right ability, ambition and enthusiasm. ”This campaign seeks to shine a light on that and put a career in the sector into the hearts and minds of those looking for an exciting new challenge,” he said.

More than 8,400 people in Scotland currently work in the seafood industry. Skills currently in demand include engineering and food technologists, according to Scottish Seafood Association members Thistle Seafoods, Macduff Shellfish and International Fish Canners.

Richard Stephen has worked for Thistle Seafoods for over 20 years, starting as a factory operative and is now an engineering manager. “I’d always been interested in mechanical work and fixing machines but I went straight into the workforce from school and didn’t have the opportunity to work in that area,” he said.

“But when I was working in the factory and the chance came up to move to the engineering team, I put my name in straight away and I haven’t looked back,” he added.

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