27 April 2018
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) today announced details of its new fishmonger training programme. The seven day programme is aimed at new entrants working in independent fishmongers and on fresh fish counters in supermarkets throughout Ireland. Participants on the programme will learn technical skills such as filleting and skinning, as well as cooking techniques and greater knowledge about the nutritional benefits of seafood that they can share with customers.
Ian Mannix, BIM Business Development Manager said:
“The continued success of Ireland’s seafood sector is contingent on being able to attract and retain a talented workforce and to enhance fishmonger skills within the retail sector. This new course demonstrates BIM’s commitment to developing these skills.”
The fishmonger programme is being led by members of BIM’s Skills Development team and other professionals including Ireland’s Master Fishmonger, Hal Dawson, Consultant Dietician, Sarah Keogh, Customer Service Expert, Agnes Doyle and Fish Quality Assessment Trainer, Adrian Barrett.
Irish seafood retail sales were valued at €249 million in 2017, according to BIM’s Business of Seafood Report published earlier this year. While salmon, cod and prawns remain the top three selling species, recent trends reveal a rise in interest among consumers in relation to sustainability, where seafood is sourced and an increased willingness to purchase lesser known species.
Participants who successfully complete all modules will receive a BIM fishmonger certificate. The training programme will take place between September and November 2018. For more information please download the course leaflet (pdf 697Kb)
Pictured: Hal Dawson, Ireland’s Master Fishmonger