Fishmonger apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a college course
working towards this role
applying directlyspecialist courses run by private training providers
You can do a Level 2 or 3 Certificate for Proficiency in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills.
You could also do a more general retail course, like a Level 2 Diploma in Retail Skills. You'll usually need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a Level 2 course. You'll need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a Level 3 course.
You can do a fishmonger Level 2 apprenticeship. You'll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent.
You could start out as a sales assistant and work your way up by learning from trained members of staff in a fishmonger's shop or on a fish counter in a supermarket.
There are no set entry requirements if you want to apply directly, but a good standard of general education will be helpful, including GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in maths and English.
Some employers may ask for a food hygiene certificate, although you can often get this once you start working.
Experience in retail or customer service will also be useful.
You can do short, specialist fish cookery courses through organisations like the Billingsgate Seafood School, Seafish Training and the Seafood Training Academy.
Fishmonger apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of food production methods
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- the ability to work well with your hands
- the ability to work well with others
- knowledge of maths
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Fishmonger apprenticeships - what you'll do
On a typical day you might:
- take deliveries from suppliers
- move stock to and from cold storage areas
- set out produce in display cabinets
- advise customers about different types of fish, and cooking methods
- prepare orders for shop customers and restaurants
- take payments
- keep work areas clean
- order stock from wholesalers
You could work at a store or on a market stall.
Your working environment may be cool.
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Career path and progression - Fishmonger apprenticeships
With experience and training you could become an assistant manager in a supermarket, a seafood chef or set up your own business.
You could also move into seafood wholesaling, supplying shops and restaurants.