A 16 year-old from Fort William has beaten off “stiff competition” to become the first apprentice in a new scheme run by Marine Harvest Scotland, said the company.
Ross MacDonald has started work at the company’s Invasion Bay site and will move to Loch Leven in three months.
His training will encompass skills including boat handling, fish health, feed management and finance.
“We’re delighted to give Ross the chance to learn all about salmon farming – an industry which provides jobs in some of the most fragile rural economies in Scotland. All too often young people in these areas are forced to move away to get work so we’re delighted to be giving them a chance to remain through this apprenticeship scheme,” said Marine Harvest Scotland managing director Alan Sutherland, in a statement.
“This is a great opportunity to develop a career in a successful and thriving industry. The image of fish farming as an unskilled labouring job is very out-dated – today’s fish farmers are highly skilled and Ross and our other apprentice will gain both skills and qualifications that are greatly in demand both here and across the world.”
Ross will shortly be joined by another apprentice working in the North area of salmon farms.