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20th September 2016

Seafish

On behalf of Andrew Kenny, chairman of the Fishmongers' Trailblazer Apprenticeship and President of the National Federation of Fishmongers, we would like to ask your opinion regarding the Fishmonger Apprenticeship being developed for employers in England and whether it should be supported by a fishmonger qualification.

This survey provides an opportunity to have your say and influence the final decision.

The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink is working closely with Seafish to develop the new apprenticeship programme and we have reached a point where we need the views of fishmongers in England before we can progress.

Background

In June 2012, the coalition government commissioned Doug Richard to undertake a review of Apprenticeships in England to ensure that they meet the needs of the economy. This led to the publication of the 'Richard Review of Apprenticeships' in November 2012.

The Government accepted the recommendations set out in the Review, particularly to place control of apprenticeships more firmly in the hands of employers and ensuring all apprenticeships are more rigorous and responsive to employer needs.

To implement the recommendations, reformed apprenticeships will:

  • Represent a broad occupation rather than being job specific
  • Have a focus on the outcome of an Apprenticeship - what the apprentice can do when they complete their training
  • Not necessarily include recognised qualifications
  • Be graded so it's easier to distinguish between a competent and excellent apprentice
  • Still include English and maths achievement requirements before learners can complete their Apprenticeship
Development of the Fishmonger Apprenticeship

We have a wide range of fishmonger employers working to inform the development of the fishmonger apprenticeship standard at present. The Standards for Fishmonger has already been produced and the group is now working to develop the learning content, qualifications and assessment plans.

Although there is the option to not include qualifications within an apprenticeship programme, the fishmonger employer group (as well as other employers) have decided they want qualifications to underpin the learning delivered as part of the apprenticeship programme. This will ensure rigorous and robust, high quality programmes which facilitate consistent delivery.

About this Consultation

The issue concerns the inclusion or not of a gateway qualification as part of the Apprenticeship programme.

Current fish and shellfish apprenticeships are based around a Level 2 fish and shellfish certificate. The new Apprenticeship will be different in its approach; apprentices will be required to pass an end point assessment in order to complete their apprenticeship. We have been asked by fishmongers to consider including a gateway qualification that will require completion before the apprentice can undertake their end point assessment.

Arguments in favour of this approach include establishing a common benchmark for all apprentices. Providing a nationally recognised qualification that has parity with those achieved by apprentices in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland is another possible advantage. A gateway qualification may also reduce the risk of failure during the end point assessment, as it requires the apprentice to have demonstrated competence in many fishmonger related skills and knowledge ahead of the end point assessment period.

Including gateway qualifications is against emerging government practice as it may be seen as a barrier to inclusion and may increase both the cost of apprenticeships and the level of government funding needed for a viable programme.

We would welcome your feedback on this important issue. The survey can be found via the link above or here - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/fishmongerqualification

15th September 2016

Marsden

Fishmongers' retail scale special offer

Whilst stocks last, a retail scale with waterproof keypad is available for just £99+VAT from Federation members Marsden.

The Trade Approved DS-781 Price Computing Scale has 99 PLUs, a waterproof keypad and easy to read front and rear displays. It runs on battery power so can be used absolutely anywhere.

Whilst stocks last, fishmongers can purchase the DS-781 for just £99+VAT - 40% off the list price. Next day delivery is also available.

You watch a video to see how the DS-781 works, and order through the Marsden website, by clicking here. Or, you can order over the phone on 01709 364296.

31st August 2016

John Adams

It is with deep regret we inform all of our members of the passing yesterday of Mr John Adams MBE of E.Ashton's Fishmongers in Cardiff after a short illness.

John's family have been involved in the fish industry since the mid 1800s all the way back to his Great Grandfather, his grandfather and father owned and managed Adams Fishmongers on Glebe Street in Penarth from 1913.

John was tempted into the family business from a local steelworks by his father with the promise of a £3.00 per week pay rise, something his mother was not happy about.

In 1973, John took the opportunity to buy Ashtons in Cardiff Central Market, another long standing business established even earlier by the Ashton family in 1800.

The business is run today by his two sons, Jonathan and Nicholas. John was a key figure over the years in the seafood industry, helping to shape the UK Fishing Industry with two appointments to the board of Seafish Authority, between 1987 and 1993, culminating in his appointment as Chairman of its Technical Committee.

As well as the two terms on the authority, John gave the retail sector a strong voice by sitting on the white fish and shellfish committees.

John Adams MBE will be sorely missed by all who knew him, so please join us in giving condolences to the family at this very sad time.

16th August 2016

Seafoof Week

Seafood Week 2016 - a call to action

Seafood Week is an annual, eight-day, industry-wide promotion and celebration of fish as food.

Now that Seafood Week has been established as an annual event, Seafish aims to build on that success and make it even bigger.

To continue to strengthen the partnerships and links which have been established, as well as develop new relationships, also to bring new and innovative ideas to Seafood Week each year, to keep the annual celebration fresh and exciting.

Get involved, become a partner

Seafood Week is an excellent opportunity to promote your business and benefit from the eight-day celebration. A total of 850 businesses worked with Seafish in 2015 with many major companies signing up as official partners.

The partnership opportunity allows businesses and companies to show their support for Seafood Week while also promoting themselves and advertising what they are doing to mark the event, with many companies reporting increases in sales throughout the event

Becoming a partner couldn't be simpler. All you need to do is email seafoodweek@seafish.co.uk and tell us that you want to be involved, give us details of anything special you are doing, and include a JPEG attachment of your company logo. It's free, all we need is your support!

For more information on how Seafood week can benefit your business download the leaflet by clicking here, or download the Seafood Week toolkit by clicking here

To contact Seafish directly please see below

For trade enquiries:

Nikki Hawkins
e: nikki.hawkins@ seafish.co.uk
t: 07876 035 763

For marketing enquiries:

Kieran Westbrook
e: kieran.westbrook@ seafish.co.uk
t: 0131 524 8684

21st August 2016

Billingsgate

Great Courses on offer from Billingsgate Seafood School

More great courses on offer from Billingsgate Seafood School!

Idea for staff training...

City & Guilds Retail Certificate Courses

Now taking applications for the next course on

Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th October 2016

To book - please email or contact us directly on 0207 517 3548

This 2 day course is sponsored by Fishmongers' Company and City & Guilds and would usually cost £500 approx.

However, if you are a successful applicant, you will only need to pay a non refundable fee of £50 towards fish costs and refreshments for the two days.

This will need to be paid prior to the course and you will need to complete the course species sheets before the course takes place.

This confirms that attendees are commited to attend and complete the course which includes a coursework book. The coursework worksheets will be emailed to you once payment has been made.

The City & Guilds Retail Certificate offers an opportunity to gain valuable experience and knowledge about various areas of the Seafood Industry. Day 1 focuses on cutting fish and quality assessment Day 2 on the cooking and selling of fish.

An experienced fishmonger trainer leads the course and there is an assessment of each candidate during the practical session and theory sessions.

Timings:
2 days, attendance on both days is required to complete the course
Day 1: 0830 - 1600
Day 2: 0545 - 1330

Please email admin@seafoodtraining.org or telephone 0207 517 3548 to make a booking

Read more about this great course at

http://www.seafoodtraining.org/…/city-guilds-retail-certifi…

16th August 2016

Seafoof Week

Seafood Week 2016 - a call to action

Seafood Week is an annual, eight-day, industry-wide promotion and celebration of fish as food.

Now that Seafood Week has been established as an annual event, Seafish aims to build on that success and make it even bigger.

To continue to strengthen the partnerships and links which have been established, as well as develop new relationships, also to bring new and innovative ideas to Seafood Week each year, to keep the annual celebration fresh and exciting.

Get involved, become a partner

Seafood Week is an excellent opportunity to promote your business and benefit from the eight-day celebration. A total of 850 businesses worked with Seafish in 2015 with many major companies signing up as official partners.

The partnership opportunity allows businesses and companies to show their support for Seafood Week while also promoting themselves and advertising what they are doing to mark the event, with many companies reporting increases in sales throughout the event

Becoming a partner couldn't be simpler. All you need to do is email seafoodweek@seafish.co.uk and tell us that you want to be involved, give us details of anything special you are doing, and include a JPEG attachment of your company logo. It's free, all we need is your support!

For more information on how Seafood week can benefit your business download the leaflet by clicking here, or download the Seafood Week toolkit by clicking here

To contact Seafish directly please see below

For trade enquiries:

Nikki Hawkins
e: nikki.hawkins@ seafish.co.uk
t: 07876 035 763

For marketing enquiries:

Kieran Westbrook
e: kieran.westbrook@ seafish.co.uk
t: 0131 524 8684

28th June 2016

Seafish

British Fish Craft Championships 2016

Preparations are well underway for the 2016 British Fish Craft Championships!

This year's competition will return to Cleethorpes Seafront but at an all new venue!

The full brochure and full information on all of the competitions is now available to download - places are limited, so get your entry in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

To download your copy please click here

25th May 2016

Seafish

Launch of traineeship programme by Blackpool College

The traineeship is a 15 week long work readiness programme that includes training courses at Blackpool College and work experience with local employers in processing, mongering and fish frying.

Employers are encouraged to attend the launch event to find out more about this programme that will begin in September.  The employer event is on the 28th June in Blackpool please see this leaflet for more information.

The advantage for employers is that they can take on for a few weeks a potential new recruit, a sort of try before you buy.  The programme is fully funded and includes the training that the trainee will undertake at the College.

The trainee also gets an opportunity to try before they join.

The offer of employment after the programme has completed is completely voluntary – no obligation on the part of the employer or trainee, but we do hope that most employers participating will take on a trainee as a new employee and that most trainees find secure employment after the programme.

This is a local initiative that covers Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. As defined by these postcode areas - FY1, FY2, FY3, FY4, FY5, FY6, FY7 and FY8

For more information please contact either the NFF, Lee Cooper at Seafish, or Gary Parker at Blackpool College

A great opportunity to give somone new a head start in the fish industry!

10th May 2016

Seafish

RNMDSF - Fish Friday 2016

This year Fish Friday will be on 17th June 2016.This annual event raises awareness and money around the work the mission does to support fishermen and their families as well as fishing communities.

Help and guidance may include;

Support to the families of fishermen who have been injured or have lost their lives at sea. Support to fishermen's families who are experiencing illness, distress or financial difficulties.

Looking after the survivor's of fishing boat accidents offering medical help, and where needed emergency housing to injured and fishermen suffering ill health.

Offering support to overseas fishermen, working in the UK fishing industry. This may include sickness, bereavement, debt and addiction problems.

Why not use this as a excellent opportunity to advertise your own business by getting involved with your local media whilst at the same time raising money for this very worthwhile cause. For further details of this year's campaign simply visiting the Fishermen's' Mission website www.fishermensmission.org.uk or contact us

11th March 2016

Seafish

Support for Trailblazer Apprenticeship Application

A small group of fishmonger businesses under the Chairmanship of Andrew Kenny has completed the development of a new Fishmonger Apprenticeship Standard.

The Standard is ready for submission and we now need expressions of support from Fishmongers in England ahead of the submission deadline later this month.

The Trailblazer will replace the existing apprentices framework in 2017/18. Without the trailblazer Fishmongers in England will no longer have access to an apprenticeship programme from that date. Want to support this programme?

Please complete this short online survey. The survey will explain the 2 page Fishmonger apprenticeship standard, allowing you to comment and support it. At the end of the survey there is a template letter that you can use to complete the process if you wish.

We would like to gather as many support letters and expressions of support as possible to demonstrate that Fishmongers in England are confident about the future career prospects and would like to encourage young people to take up the role of Fishmonger. Without enough letters of support our submission will be rejected.

1st March 2016

Alert

NotionLite - Wireless temperature monitoring kit.

With more than 20 years experience providing wireless temperature monitoring solutions to the Food and Pharmaceutical Industries, IMC Group Ltd has now introduced a badly needed, affordable, easy fit system expressly for use in the food retailing sectors.

NotionLite is the wireless temperature monitoring system that is intended particularly to help Fishmongers and Butchers, Farm Shops and Food Retailers comply easily with ever more stringent HACCP food hygiene regulations. Additional benefits include energy cost control and reduced risk of expensive food wastage.

Suitable for any premises with access to 13amp power and an internet router the kit contains everything you need to get started including temperature sensors for fridges and freezers to accurately monitor and transmit  temperature data. If temperatures vary from pre set safe limits there is an automatic alarm on site and an email or SMS text is sent to designated personnel.

The system has been designed specifically for ease of use and provides immediate access worldwide to real-time temperature data and audit ready reports at the click of a button.
IMC Group Ltd has appointed Wireless Monitor Alert Ltd (WMA) as a UK partner distributor for NotionLite.

For more information contact;
Wireless Monitor Alert Ltd
12a Basset Court
Loake Close Grange Park
Northampton NN5 4EZ
Tel. 01604 763844
info@wmaltd.co.uk

www.the-imcgroup.com/notionlite

29th February 2016

Seafood Week

Superfishoil

As well as offering great flavours and tonnes of variety, seafood will help to keep you in good health. Seafish has partnered with a number of ambassadors for the launch of their Superfishoil campaign.

The campaign began on Monday 1 February 2016 and aims to get as many people as possible enjoying the great taste and variety of seafood while giving them plenty of information to help make informed decisions. Because it's not superficial, it's superfishoil, packed with bags of omega-3. Our message is that seafood encourages a healthy heart through helping to maintain normal blood pressure and blood levels of triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood). The goodness that fish contains also helps promote healthy bones, skin, teeth and hair. This activity follows on from the successful six month campaign in late 2014 and early 2015, which was based on research conducted by the Fish is the Dish team that found seven in ten (73%) adults in the UK didn't know how much fish they should eat a week in order to maintain good health. In addition, 96% of adults in the UK didn't know the recommended amount of omega-3 fat they should have in one week.

Find out more on their website and help give your sales a boost!

http://www.seafish.org/eating-seafood/seafood-for-health http://www.fishisthedish.co.uk/health/omega3-superfishoil/superfishoil-ambassadors

1st February 2016

Andrew Kenny Elected as new NFF President

At todays AGM the NFF council unanimously elected Mr Andrew Kenny as the 2016 President of the National Federation of Fishmongers, Andrew is passionate about championing the great work of UK fishmongers and the whole of the fishing industry.

Mr Giles Shaw was elected as Vice President, and Mr Rex Goldsmith as Treasurer and Honorary Company Secretary

We would like to congratualte all of them and wish them well during their term