Equipping young people for the industry, and the industry for growth

The success of aquaculture in Scotland depends on having the right people with the right skills in the right places. Industry needs ready access to skills and knowledge to compete globally.

SAIC is helping to bring this about, working with industry to develop the workforce and research base that businesses need.

We do this through a number of activities, from running our SAIC Scholars programme and providing conference grants to industry-minded postgraduates, to developing industry training.

We also work with other stakeholders to help attract talented students into the sector through internships and, most recently, have partnered industry on a new graduate programme more details below.

Through these activities, we’re doing much more than fill skills gaps. We’re also creating a community of young people who can help Scottish aquaculture realise its huge potential for future growth.

SAIC Scholars

The SAIC Scholars Connect Plus programme awarded 20 funded taught Masters places in 2015/2016. The places are on aquaculture and marine engineering taught Masters courses at the Universities of Dundee and Stirling for the academic year 2015/2016.

As well as enjoying funded places, the SAIC Scholars will benefit from connections to industry, and their project work will align with one of SAIC’s four Priority Innovation Actions: sea lice control research; rapid detection of viral pathogens; alternative sustainable feeds for finfish; and shellfish.

The programme will help to boost the SAIC Scholars’ employability, whilst also enabling the aquaculture industry in Scotland to benefit from the input of talented students. Everyone gains.

For more information on the SAIC Scholars Connect Plus programme, contact us.

We’re also in the process of planning other Masters places and programmes for future years. Sign up to our e-news to receive regular updates on our plans.

SAIC conference grants

Each year we offer a number of conference grants to postgraduate students.

Grants are worth up to £500 for conferences in Europe and £800 for conferences outside Europe. For further details on the scheme and an application form, go to SAIC conference grants.

SAIC graduate programme

Graduating this year? Keen to get your aquaculture career off to the best start? Then come along to our free workshop to learn about SAIC’s new graduate programme.

Created in partnership with the Scottish aquaculture industry, the programme is open to recent graduates (within the last two years) of all disciplines and offers you the opportunity to spend 18 months within a related business. There, you will learn about the full value chain ‘from egg to plate’; gain the commercial awareness that today’s employers are looking for; and make potentially invaluable connections within the sector.

A graduate development programme will run alongside the internship, helping you to cultivate some of the skills that are critical to a successful business career.

How to apply
Applicants must have either graduated in summer 2015 or after, or be due to graduate this summer, and applications should be made directly to the participating company or companies of choice – full details can be found in the information sheet, available to download below. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 3 July 2017, with internships beginning in September 2017.

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