Did Salmon Find Me a Career?

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) West Highland has launched its first-in-a-series of online career events with the initial sector featuring Mowi and aquaculture under the theme ‘Will Salmon Find Me a Career?’, taking place on Wednesday 17 June.

The first event welcomed over 60 participants through the virtual format of Zoom, to highlight and showcase the employment paths and possibilities of progression opportunities within the world’s leading seafood company and the largest producer of farmed salmon, Mowi, crucially displaying that they remain buoyant in the current COVID-19 situation and continue to actively recruit.

The career event series is aimed at school leavers, and other young people who have been made redundant, are unemployed, or are simply looking for a career change in Lochaber, Skye, and Wester Ross. Education professionals also joined the event to build awareness of the exciting careers that are available locally.

The events will highlight the quality of job roles and the skills, employment behaviours and attributes needed that employers look for. This insight will help equip young people to take them anywhere in the world and by providing this experience locally shows them that there are brilliant opportunities available closer to home.

They say that every day is a learning day, and that was certainly true when Mowi preceded with five of their young employees to lead the event. This included modern and graduate apprentices providing a personal overview of their role, their career pathways, and their hopes for the future.

The energy and passion shown by the young people for their daily work reminded the audience of just how important a meaningful and rewarding career can be to health and wellbeing as well as economic health, particularly at the present time. It’s even more gratifying that career possibilities are available across the rural areas of the West Highlands.

The audience were surprised to learn that there are over 80 different career roles at MOWI alone, including roles in planning, procurement, logistics, finance, marketing, Human Resources, translation, science, marine and engineering.

The event provided the exciting opportunity for the online participants to directly question the panel, as well as Mowi offering a virtual mock interview with their Human Resources Department. As expected there has been an encouraging response from the participants who have already come forward to utilise this amazing opportunity and we are pleased to announce that the session recording is available for viewing on our YouTube channel. Search YouTube for DYW West Highland for more information.

Donald Waring, Learning and Development Manager at Mowi and DYW West Highland Board Member commented, saying:

“MOWI were delighted to take part in our first ever online careers event. Partnering with DYW West Highland and education colleagues is the best way to connect with our future aquaculture talent.”

Emily Connolly, Apprentice Electrician at MOWI commented, saying:

“I really enjoyed taking part explaining how I achieved my role and being able to inspire others to join MOWI.”

Stuart Caddell, Deputy Head of Gairloch High School and DYW West Highland Board Member commented, saying:

“What an excellent virtual event run by DYW West Highland promoting careers in aquaculture available across the West Highlands. Mowi employees provided excellent insight into the benefits of working and living in the West Highlands.”

Frazer Coupland, DYW West Highland Programme Lead and CEO of Lochaber Chamber of Commerce commented, saying:

“We were delighted with the outcome of this event, the feedback has been outstanding, and we will now be looking to repeat this with other sectors, so if your business is interested, form an orderly queue. Thanks to virtual delivery geography is no longer a barrier and allows us to reach across our whole network at once, and your employees can take part in this rewarding experience from their own workplace.”

Watch the event here from the comfort of your own home!

If you are an employer who to like to showcase your experience to young people or if you would like to join other similar events, then keep an eye out on www.dywwesthighland.org Alternatively, contact the team [email protected] / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn