Guidance

Sea fishing apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the sea fishing sector.

This apprenticeship is an excellent way into the industry for anybody who wants to work on fishing vessels.

Training opportunities

You’ll be working as an important member of the crew whose responsibilities include:

  • health and safety
  • preparing the deck and equipment for the catch
  • operating fishing gear and other equipment used for shooting and hauling fishing gear
  • repairing fishing gear
  • gutting and storing fish

You might also cook for crew members and will certainly help to ensure the vessel is kept clean, tidy and ‘shipshape’. On some vessels you may be encouraged to develop your interest in engineering by helping in routine maintenance tasks.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of sea fishing apprenticeship at intermediate and advanced levels.

You cold train in roles like:

  • deck hand
  • 1st mate
  • <16.5m skipper (inshore)
  • class 2 skipper
  • class 1 skipper

It’s usual that when you’re nearing the end of the apprenticeship your training provider will help you get a crew position on a vessel. Related occupations that you could work in after you’re qualified include:

  • coastguard watch assistant/officer
  • merchant navy deck officer
  • merchant navy engineering officer
  • merchant navy rating
  • inshore tug deckhand
  • royal navy rating
  • fish farmer

Apply for sea fishing apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education