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Orkney Shellfish Hatchery wins Scottish educational grant, calls for graduates

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Orkney Shellfish Hatchery, a multi-species shellfish hatchery, has secured funding for a number of new aquaculture graduate positions, after winning a Scottish educational grant, courtesy of the Highlands and Islands Enterprises’ Graduate Support Program. 

The program is dedicated to providing graduates across Scotland with well-paid work experience placements in key sectors and spans a wide variety of industries. Positions under the scheme are available to all graduates that have finished their studies in the last four years and there is no age restriction. 

With the help of the program, Orkney Shellfish Hatchery will employ four new aquaculture graduates to continue its research into the on-land culture of premium native flat oyster spat and European clawed lobster. The graduate positions available will offer those who have studied in the field the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a fully operational, state-of-the-art and bio-secure hatchery facility.  

“We are thrilled to have been chosen as one of the winners of the Highlands and Islands Enterprises’ Graduate Support Program grant. This funding will allow us to bring new, eager graduates into the team, providing them with the opportunity to take their first steps into the hatchery world, alongside our team of experienced and highly knowledgeable aquaculture professionals. Most importantly, we are excited to bring more skilled, local employment to Orkney. We would like to extend a huge thank you to the Highlands and Islands Enterprise for their ongoing support and we are excited to fill the positions quickly with graduates that are keen to be a part of our exciting native oyster and clawed lobster projects,” said Nik Sachlikidis, managing director of aquaculture, Orkney Shellfish Hatchery.

With the funding secured, Orkney Shellfish Hatchery is now actively searching for aquaculture graduates to fill its hatchery technician positions. All interested applicants are welcome to send their CVs and cover letters to for consideration.

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