There’s a fast-changing and evolving landscape around Ireland’s post-Brexit blue economy, which means the skills needed for jobs in coastal communities are also changing and evolving.
Individuals already working in the blue economy who want to develop their career or those who would like start to work in the blue economy are being urged to apply for training grants of up to €10,000 available under the €25 million Brexit Blue Economy Enterprise Scheme, which is being administered by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM).
The blue economy covers a wide range of economic activities within coastal communities such as fisheries, aquaculture, and tourism.
As well as providing funding of up to €200,000 for capital projects, the recently launched Brexit Blue Economy Enterprise Scheme also provides funding of up to €10,000 per applicant for skills development and training.
Given that many courses begin term in the autumn, BIM is calling on all interested parties to visit its website to learn more about the grants that are available for skills and development.
According to Brenda O’Riordain, regional officer at BIM, having the right skills and training can help businesses manage change and the growing need to be more flexible and adaptable within today’s blue economy.
‘One of the certainties for anyone working today is the need to be able to adapt to change,’ she said.
‘For example, having digital skills is increasingly important for many seafood and other blue economy businesses, as more transactions move online. This is just one example of where an individual could really enhance their skills for the benefit of themselves and the wider coastal community.’