UK: Two groups of French HNC students are set to join a work experience programme with the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) in Argyll.SSC will host the six food technology students between 13th June and 11th July and again from 14th July to 15th August. The young men, aged 18-21, will visit from L’Institut D’Anchin, near Lille. This is the first time SSC has taken part in a work placement exchange with young people from France. Lisa Connell, Training and Development Manager at SSC, said: “This is an exciting and unique opportunity for the Scottish Salmon Company to be involved with and we are delighted the college has chosen us as a suitable organisation to show their students examples of how the salmon farming industry works.
“The students will be staying locally and will work full days with our teams out at marine sites near Stronachullin and Quarry Point and at the Cairndow processing plant. “With the support of SSC staff, the groups will be given the chance to see every aspect of what goes into the production and distribution of our top quality salmon. “It’s our goal to ensure the boys get as broad an experience as possible and return to France with a good knowledge of the industry in Scotland and examples of best practice.” During each of the placements the students will be provided with teaching sessions from the biology department and environmental team to add to their learning about the day to day life of employment in Scotland’s aquaculture industry. Didier Pirez is an English and German teacher at L’Institut D’Anchin. He approached the Scottish Salmon Company to request placements for his students after finding out about the company online. He said: “We have been sending students abroad for work placements as part of the food technology course since 1989 but this was the first time we had got in touch with Scottish Salmon Company and it was a real pleasure to receive a positive reply.
“I think the students will gain great experience on the sites discovering the Scottish way of life and food systems. “In France we believe fish farming is an opportunity to protect the fish stocks and replenish them indirectly. It also allows us to enjoy eating salmon without moderation or guilt.”