Peterhead seafood processor seeks to benefit from recruitment drive

A Peterhead business is hoping a recruitment drive by Scotland’s seafood processing sector will enable it to add to its staff.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 11:54 am
Richard Stephen, engineering manager at Thistle Seafoods, has enjoyed a 20-year career in the industry.

Scotland’s vibrant £1.6bn seafood industry has launched a campaign to help find the right candidates to fill numerous vacancies that are continuously coming up across the processing sector.

And Thistle Seafoods is one of the companies looking to benefit.

Skills sets that are in great demand include engineering and food technologists.

Ryan Scatterty, of Thistle Seafoods, said: “We are always on the lookout for good engineers to join us and there are many transferable skills from across the oil and gas industry, or those leaving the Armed Forces for example that we would hope to attract.

"Similarly, food technologists are also in high demand and may be suitable for those in the hospitality sector looking for a new challenge.”

Over 8,400 people in Scotland currently work in the seafood industry in a diverse range of roles spanning food processing and technology, HR, marketing, commercial and engineering. Seafish is collaborating with industry body the Scottish Seafood Association to show the wealth of opportunities available in the sector through the ‘Sea A Bright Future’ campaign.

Jimmy Buchan, CEO of the Scottish Seafood Association, said: “The seafood processing sector is vibrant, unlike some other industries just now, and offers a diverse range of career options within both large and small companies.

“There are huge opportunities for people to go far in the seafood industry if they show the right ability, ambition and enthusiasm.”

Richard Stephen – who has worked for Thistle Seafoods for over 20 years, starting as a factory operative and working his way into the engineering department, and ultimately to his current position as engineering manager – is supportng the campaign.

He said: “I’d always been interested in mechanical work and fixing machines but I went straight into the workforce from school and didn’t have the opportunity to work in that area.

“But when I was working in the factory and the chance came up to move to the engineering team, I put my name in straight away and I haven’t looked back.”

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