There are no set entry requirements, but a good standard of general education, including maths and English, may be useful. Some employers may ask for a food hygiene certificate, although you can often get this on the job.
Previous retail or customer service experience may also be helpful.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
Seafish has more information about working in the seafood industry.
- Communication skills
- Teamworking skills
- Maths skills
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- keeping work areas clean
- preparing orders for shop customers and restaurants
- setting out produce in display cabinets
- taking deliveries from suppliers
- moving stock to and from cold storage areas
- advising customers about different types of fish, and cooking methods
- taking payments
- ordering stock from wholesalers
Working Hours, Patterns and Environment
You’ll usually work up to 40 hours a week, Monday to Saturday. You’ll start early if you’re picking up stock from wholesalers.
You’ll work in a shop or on a market stall, and you’ll be provided with a uniform.
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.