EASTERN SEAFISH TRAINING ASSOCIATION

NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2014

Welcome to the ESTA Update newsletter that gives details of courses coming up in the Autumn/Winter of 2014,

along with details of funding availability and the legal requirement for working on a commercial fishing vessel.

IT WOULD BE APPRECIATED IF ALL COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN WORKING IN THE EASTERN REGION WOULD COMPLETE THE UPDATE FORM

Mandatory Courses
The basic legal requirements for working on a registered commercial fishing vessel are:
1. Sea Survival Course must be taken prior to starting work
2. Fire Fighting, First Aid and Basic Health and Safety courses must be taken with your first 3 months
3. Safety Awareness/Risk Assessment course must be taken within your first 2 years.
PLEASE NOTE: IF VESSELS HAVE PEOPLE WORKING ON THEM WHO DO NOT HOLD REQUIRED CERTIFICATES THE INSURANCE MAY BE INVALID.

THERE IS NO FUNDING FOR THESE INDIVIDUAL COURSES. Current costs are: Sea Survival £140; Fire Fighting £110, First Aid £90, Basic Health and Safety £90, Safety Awareness £90

Under 16.5m Skippers Ticket
In order to apply for the unrestricted Skippers ticket the following courses need to be taken, in addition to the mandatory courses listed above:
1. 5 Day Seafish Navigation (Bridge watchkeeping)
2. 2 day Seafish Engine course, although this is likely to change later this year to the MCA 30 Hour Diesel Engine course (usually delivered as a 4 day course)
3. One day Stability Course
4. Short Range Certificate (Radio course)
There is also a requirement to have at least 18 Months experience of working at Sea before the Skippers ticket can be applied for.
Once these courses have all been taken an application form is then completed to apply for the Under 16.5m Skippers ticket.
Note: Although the Skippers ticket is a voluntary scheme some Insurance companies require Skippers to hold the Ticket or offer a discounted premium if they have it. The Skippers ticket is now also recognised by the MCA for working on other commercial vessels (eg Windfarms etc) for vessels up to 24m, an working up to 20 miles offshore.
Expiry of Skippers ticket:
If your current Skippers ticket is coming up fro renewal, there is a requirement for you to have retaken the Safety Awareness course since 2012.

Funding availability
Seafish currently have funding available, until end of March 2015 for:

Mandatory Refresher courses:
There is a recommendation that fishermen should take a refresher course every 3 years for Sea Survival, Fire Fighting, First Aid and Safety Awareness. There is currently funding available to anyone who has previously taken the Sea Survival, First Aid, Fire Fighting and Safety Awareness to re take the courses if their current certificates are more than 3 years old (Please note the funding is only available once for each fisherman for each course)

FREE RESOURCES:
· Safety Awareness course: Each candidate will receive a Vessel safety folder and will be shown how to access an online version of it to enable them to complete the Risk Assessment requirement for vessels online. Free Damage control kits (including, torch, repair patches, wedges etc) will be issued on the course (one per vessel)
· First Aid course: if you can get a group of Fishermen (at least 8) together in one area (eg through Fishing Associations etc) ESTA are willing to provide a free waterproof First Aid Kit (not category C) to each person attending

Skippers Ticket Courses
There is funding for any fishermen currently working on a commercial fishing vessel, with at least 12 months experience of working on a commercial vessel to take the Skippers ticket courses listed above. Please note: You don’t have to take all the courses, you can take any of them that you may need. Eg MCA will expect at least one person on the vessel to have taken the SRC radio course if you have a DSC radio. Seafish are also encouraging all experienced fishermen to take the MCA diesel engine course, even if they don’t want to apply for the Skippers Ticket.

Prince’s Trust “Get into Commercial Fishing”
We will be running another course in the Cromer Area in early 2015. The course is 2 weeks of training, including the basic Mandatory courses, plus introduction to Stability, navigation, net mending and pot making etc, followed by 2 weeks of work experience on commercial fishing vessels. Candidates need to be under 25, unemployed and living in the North Norfolk area.
We will also be looking for anyone fishermen willing to take candidates out for work experience. Prince’s Trust are prepared to supply Life jackets for candidates to wear which the skippers can keep after the course.

FREE PFD’s
Seafish have funding to provide fishermen with Free Personal Flotation Devices. If you would like to apply please complete Application Form. Please return to me and I will then forward it to Seafish. We will then organise workshops for you to attend for collection of PFD.

OTHER TRAINING

Online courses
We now have an online learning site at www.estafoodtraining.co.uk. There is a course on the site for Crab Processors Food Hygiene. Cost is £20 per person and the course has been approved by North Norfolk District Council.
In there near future we will be adding courses for Food Hygiene for Shrimp Fishermen, Smokehouses and Depuration plants.

Food Safety
We offer Food Safety courses (Basic Food Hygiene) for groups of fishermen, according to demand. Cost is around £60 per person, depending on location etc.

Forklift Courses
We will be organising Forklift courses in Kings Lynn. Cost is £150 for a 2 day course for new or inexperienced users, or £75 for a one day refresher if you already hold a certificate (recommended every 3 years)

WHAT TO DO NEXT
We would appreciate it if you could complete the form to update your details and to let us know of any courses you are interested in. Once we have all the forms returned we will try and organise courses local to you wherever possible. Please return to Clive Monk. We now have a FREEPOST address (so no stamp needed)

PLEASE SEND COMPLETED FORMS TO ME ASAP BY E MAIL TO clivemonkesta@btinterent.com or to Freepost address:


Freepost RRZR-HYXK-GBBY
Eastern Seafish Training Assoc
12 Meadow Close
Shipdham
Thetford
Norfolk
IP25 7NF

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