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Seafood Grimsby & Humber Alliance ‘Schools Engagement’

July 10, 2023

Following a meeting at Fishmongers’ Hall in December 2022 with Fishmongers’ (FM) representatives, including Fisheries Director, Andrew Wallace, and now Prime Warden, Fred Stroyan, with David Ross, it was agreed that SGHA and David Ross Education Trust (DRET) representative, Joanne Woodhouse (JW), would plan for the Grimsby seafood cluster to be engaged with Schools in the region. The purpose is to raise awareness of careers in Seafood among pupils, teachers, parents, and pupils of varying age groups.

 It was agreed that engagement at the North East Lincolnshire (NELC) Careers event in July would be a positive first step that would include.

  • Made Great In Grimsby Seafood Careers Marquee
  • Supported by Hilton Seafoods, Young’s, Regal Fish, Fastnet, University of Lincoln, and New England Seafoods plus others.
  • The marquee would be interactive with games, competitions, and giveaways.

Joanne Woodhouse said “The mutual aim is to provide the businesses and organisations engagement with pupils from the region's schools and give them the best ever experience of our seafood sector and highlight the career opportunities. DRET are delighted to be partnering with The Fishmongers’ Company and Seafood Grimsby & Humber Alliance group.”

Simon Dwyer, Seafood Grimsby & Humber Alliance Representative commented “This is by far the largest engagement the regions leading seafood cluster has had with our local schools. We’re grateful to Seafish Industry Authority and Fishmongers’ Company for supporting the event that will include Made Great In Grimsby giveaways, quiz with prizes, and the opportunity for pupils and career leaders to meet industry representatives.”

The Skills Fair takes place on 4th July 2023 at Grimsby Auditorium is a large event, open to all 10 secondary schools in NE Lincs. The event is aimed at students in year 10 (aged 15-16) who are about to embark on their final year of compulsory education and GCSE examinations. The event is well supported by all post-16 providers including colleges, sixth forms, apprenticeship and training providers, and employers.

The SCV will allow students to immerse themselves in all things seafood with the aim of:-

  • Raising awareness of different careers in the industry
  • Meet inspiring individuals who work in the industry
  • Routes and opportunities for young people locally
  • Gain an understanding of the industry and what it does, including how far it reaches
  • Watch exciting demonstrations involving fish
  • Receive key information to take home
  • Allow school Careers Leaders to learn more and understand the opportunities available (and include a pack of posters for them to take back to school)