Training Grants for Fishermen


Fishermen undertaking training at the NAFC Marine Centre may be able to obtain funding towards the cost of their course from a number of sources.

See also Training Grants for Seafarers in general, which may include fishermen.

NAFC can provide advice and guidance, but applications for funding must be made directly to the organisations concerned.


Seafish logo.Experienced commercial fishermen may apply to Seafish for grants of up to £1,500 each year towards the costs of approved training courses, including Certificates of Competency, ECDIS, and Radio Operator Courses. The grants do not cover basic safety training.

Applicants must be:

  • at least 18 years old
  • an experienced commercial fisherman who can show that they have worked on a UK-registered fishing vessel for at least 60 days within the last two years
  • able to show that they have completed all of the required basic safety training courses (sea survival, first aid, firefighting, health & safety and safety awareness).

Applications must be made directly to Seafish using their Fishermens Training Grant Application Form.

Further information is available from Seafish Training:

Hunter & Morrison Trust

Hunter & Morrison Trust logo.The Hunter & Morrison Trust may award small grants to Shetland-resident fishermen and others employed, or wishing to pursue a career, in the seafood industries in Shetland.

Applicants must apply directly to the Hunter & Morrison Trust. Further information and an application form are available:

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Scottish Fishermen's Trust

Scottish Fishermen's Trust logoThe Scottish Fishermen’s Trust may award grants to fishermen undergoing training to obtain non-mandatory certificates.

Applicants must apply directly to the Scottish Fishermen’s Trust:

Further information is available from the Trust’s secretary, Derek Duthie: