Seafish has collaborated with the Maritime Skills Alliance to create a Sea Fishing pathway in the Modern Apprenticeship framework.

These government funded schemes provide a new route into fishing for aspiring young men and women. Apprenticeships combine classroom training with on-the-job learning, giving trainees valuable experience and a nationally recognised qualification.

The course will typically last between 12 and 18 months, depending on the trainee's aptitude and commitment. On completion candidates will be prepared to take on competent deckhand roles, and will be well-placed for rapid career progression to engineer, mate, and skipper positions.

 Apprenticeships offer a new route into fishing which provide candidates with a modest wage and industry contacts; they're ideally suited to candidates who prefer hands-on tuition to textbook learning.

 The apprenticeship is provided in Scotland by NAFC Marine Centre and North East Scotland College.  There is currently no apprenticeship in England however prospective new entrant fishermen can attend the 3 week Introduction to Commercial fishing course.