Fish frying apprentices sizzle at Belfast Met

Belfast Metropolitan College has hooked up with John Dory’s award- winning Fish and Chip shops to deliver Belfast’s first Fish Frying Apprenticeships. Supported by Seafish, this programme recognises the skill of employees whilst adding a valuable qualification framework to this thriving local industry.


Two of our successful students (Jade Morrow and Gordon Nobes) offer their Tutor (Ben Polley) some traditionally cooked chips!


Belfast Met Tutor Ben Polley commented: “Our Fish Frying Apprenticeship Scheme was launched in October 2015 and apprentices are currently working towards a FDQ level 2 Diploma in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills as well as City and Guilds Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy qualifications.”

Owner of John Dory’s, Mark Polley said: “The class of 2016 are working hard in college and in John Dory’s shops across the Belfast area. We are hoping they graduate from Belfast Met with great skills in seafood preparation, excellent fish frying knowledge and the ability to provide exemplary levels of customer service.”

Dr Lynn Gilmore of Seafish said of the Fish Frying Apprenticeship: “I was delighted to be invited to Belfast Met by Ben Polley to tell students about Seafish, the seafood industry and our work across Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. I left the class with a very real sense of the value and importance of apprenticeships and congratulate Belfast Met and John Dory’s for launching and investing in this first ever Fish Frying Apprenticeship scheme in Belfast.”