Will Salmon Find Me a Career?

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) West Highland which covers Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross is providing a series of employer-led online events to showcase the employment opportunities that are currently available locally. The first event in the calendar will present an insight into career opportunities for young people at Mowi, the world’s leading seafood company and the largest producer of farmed salmon, on Wednesday 17 June at 1430. As a follow-up from the event, young people will get the opportunity of an employer-led mock interview.


The DYW West Highland programme is regionally hosted by Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, and forms part of the Scottish Government youth employment strategy to better prepare young people for the world of work.

As part of their immediate solution during COVID-19 will be to provide a series of employer-led online events to showcase the opportunities that are currently available across the programmes geographical reach.

This upcoming event is aimed at school-leavers but also open to all young people out of school up to the age of 25 years old, those who may have been made redundant, are unemployed, or simply looking for a career opportunity or change.  Teachers, parents, and carers are also welcomed to join and learn about the opportunities available.

This event will offer an interactive online discussion with a range of Mowi staff who will speak from the heart to provide valuable insights into their aquaculture career to inspire potential future colleagues. Aquaculture offers a rewarding career path and this event has been designed to break down the stereotypes, especially around gender, and showcase the vast number of exciting roles available for young people right here in the West Highlands.

A career-path as a fish farmer is well-known, but many people do not realise that the scope and opportunity is much wider. Using the salmon life-cycle process from hatchery, farming, production, and distribution, Mowi alone has over 80 different career roles, including roles in planning, procurement, logistics, finance, marketing, Human Resources, science, marine and engineering – the list goes on. Aquaculture is a growth industry sector with a huge variety of opportunities.

Image credit Mowi, Scotland: Connie Fairbairn, a Graduate Manager Trainee

What better way for DYW West Highland to launch their sector-focused programme of events?

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

“At Mowi, we are delighted to be participating in this virtual event and being able to showcase to young people, teachers, parents, carers and the numerous and varied career opportunities available in their local area. In these uncertain times, Mowi recognises the importance of local collaboration and engaging with young people to help them make an informed job choice for their future.”

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

“I am thrilled to share this event with young people to show them what we have available on our own beautiful doorstep. Aquaculture is an increasingly important industry on a national scale, but most importantly for us it is helping to sustain economic growth for our rural communities in the West Highlands.”

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

“It is great to see MOWI and DYW West Highland working closely in partnership to virtually showcase the opportunities and pathways available in the aquaculture sector across the West Highlands. This unique event will provide an invaluable opportunity for our regional pupil cohorts, their parents/carers and other young people in our communities to listen, and actively engage with MOWI representatives with a view to better understanding the options available right here on our doorstep and, most importantly, how to apply for work placements and/or longer-term employment programmes.”

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