A scheme to help a dozen unemployed young people into the north Norfolk fishing industry is being run for a second year.

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The Get Into Commercial Fishing programme is being run by the Prince’s Trust with the Eastern Seafish Training Association in March and April.

Young people taking part in the Cromer-based course will: gain certificates in health and safety, first aid, firefighting and sea survival, as well as gaining a food hygiene certificate; learn about onboard procedures, navigation and watch keeping, vessel stability, and basic engineering on fishing boats; receive tuition in making pots, using ropes and knots, and net mending; and get hands on experience of the fishing industry.

The trust will help the young people develop interview skills to help them move into employment, education, or training.

The scheme is funded by the North Norfolk Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG).

John Lee (pictured), Cromer crab fisherman and North Norfolk FLAG chairman, said: “We were all very pleased with the first programme which was delivered last year, and I am delighted that there is now to be a second programme to provide further opportunities for young people.”

Following the three-week programme the trust will help the young people develop their interview skills and CV and support them to go into jobs and apprenticeships in the fishing industry.

A taster session is being held on March 25. For more information contact Katrina Rand by emailing Katrina.Rand@princes-trust.org.uk or calling 01603 306912.

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